This resource features content-specific strategies for using reading and writing to support learning in all content areas, with a focus on English language arts, mathematics, science, and social studies. This resource also presents guidelines for preparing and delivering content area think-aloud lessons.
You will also have the opportunity to view two think-aloud examples. Then, you will develop and teach a similar think-aloud lesson to your students—modeling how to engage with content-specific text.
Effective teacher modeling and thinking aloud in front of a class has been described as "giving instruction," rather than just "giving instructions." Teachers who repeatedly model and think aloud as they read and write explicitly show their students the mental strategies involved in constructing meaning.
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Review the first handout, Thinking Like an Expert: Guidelines for Modeling and Thinking Aloud in Content Area Classrooms, before continuing.
Effectively modeling the mental processes you use as you read, write, complete tasks, and solve problems requires planning and preparation. Taking the time to develop questions and comments to share with students as you think aloud helps to target specific skills and strategies like those detailed on the handout.