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Tutoring Reading Virtual Class

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Carnival Midway Workshop Tools for Class Tuesday 02/27/24.








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Tutoring Reading


Week 4


Third Assignment due Tuesday, February 27 by 4 p.m.




World Read Aloud Day is celebrated every year in February. Do you know about this event?

"Every year, on World Read Aloud Day, people all around the globe read aloud together and

share stories to advocate for literacy as a human right that belongs to all people."







Class Opener  Reading fun or difficulty



 1. Choose four words to describe YOUR FEELINGS about READING.



 2. Do these four words change when describing assigned readings for college classes instead of self-chosen readings for fun or information?


     If your feelings change, what are the new words?



 3. What kinds of reading and genres do you enjoy?

    Novels, maps, graphs, emojis, clocks, picture directions, comics, sheet music, Tik Tok videos, newspapers, memes, instagram, poetry, YouTube, rebus puzzles?


 4. List 6 things you READ DAILY that have NO words (for example, a clock).


 5. If you know the meanings of ALL THE WORDS on a page, WILL YOU COMPREHEND WHAT THE PAGE IS SAYING?



View video 23:10 -27:16 Reading Comprehension 

 F.A.T. City Workshop 


               F.A.T. MEANS FrustrationAnxiety, Tension


6. What does the video show about the difference between knowing the definitions of individual words but not understanding their meaning written together?




Workshop 1  No Word Picture Books Invite Readers to Become Writers


Readers create words, voices, and text in no word picture books.


7.  Compose DIALOGUE DESCRIPTION for 2-3 pages of a no word picture book in these choices.


Dialogue is words characters say or think. 


Description is words that tell the story.  



  Choose ONE book.


Click title to view books on Amazon.


Click Read Sample under the book cover to see free pages 




Tuesday by David Wiesner


  If you want to enjoy the entire book, here is a musical version.

 Tuesday Video on Amazon from the Music and Animation Collection of Paul McCartney





Fossil  by Bill Thomson

If you wish to learn more about the book, Fossil by Bill Thomson





 Anno's Counting Book by Mitsumasa Anno

Mitsumasa Anno is a famous Japanese creative thinker, builder, artist, mathematician, writer of picture books. 




Workshop 2  CHOICE invites readers!

Photo credit: Tulane University Public Relations

Photo from Tulane Public Relations

View video

   Why adolescents don't do assigned reading


8. In high school, did you complete all assigned readings? Why or why not?


    Did you use strategies similar to students in the video to disguise not doing the reading?

     Explain techniques you used and why you used these.








Workshop 3  Radio Reading is all EARS 


Radio Broadcaster in Sudan (2010)/President Franklin D. Roosevelt (1933)


Radio Reading -- like hearing books on tape or online --enters ears to reach imaginations! 



Listen to ONE book to hear how actors perform radio reading from these choices






9. Which story did you hear?

 What radio reading techniques did you hear the actor using to keep your attention focused and make the story interesting?



You do Radio Reading! 


Email Sharon an audio file OR a video of you Radio Reading several pages of a PICTURE BOOK from any of these choices.


Amazon offers free pages of picture books. Choose from titles you find in any of these categories:









Big Idea Closer  Online Resources USE Radio Reading


10. Do you LISTEN to podcasts of stories or news or information instead of reading these?


     What do you listen to? Why do you LISTEN instead of READ? 






Resources for Additional Learning


NOT part of the assignment



Pentatonic Scale 


Bobby McFerrin teaches the Power of the Pentatonic Scale 



songs that use the Pentatonic scale: 2.5 min showing big hit songs and artists



sheet music w/Louis Armstrong performing



2006 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival Bruce Springsteen and friends



Folk songs built on the Pentatonic Scaler

"ThePentatonic Scale uses the scale degrees"do, re, mi, sol, la."  It can start on any note, but an easy way to work out the pentatonic scale is to play on the five black notes of the piano. If you can play a tune using only the black notes, then the tune you are playing is pentatonic."




Questions are not always about getting kids to answer — they're about getting kids to think.

Thanks to @woodard_julie for this sketchnote. You can find more of Julie Woodard’s work at WoodStock Images.



Infographic on helping students think 


Questlove, musician, and S. A. Crosby, crime writer, pair to create a time travel adventure series for middle school readers




Large Vocabulary Knowledge Assists Learning


Having a large vocabulary to use and recognize is an asset for school learning.

Some students start school disadvantaged and remain disadvantaged because of vocabulary knowledge.


Reading aloud in all grade levels, telling stories, listening to music teaches new vocabulary and immerses students in conversations to help them understand and describe ideas.


First Lady Michelle Obama reads Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

First Lady Michelle Obama reads Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss 

external image 200px-Podcast-icon.svg.pngexternal image Polybooks.pngListen to the podcast OR read the transcript Closing the Word Gap Between Rich and Poor

Here is a transcript of the podcast







Identify information from "Closing the Word Gap Between Rich and Poor" explaining why learning lots of vocabulary before entering kindergarten is important to learning for a lifetime.

 Bullet point four reasons why having a large vocabulary before entering kindergarten is important to young learners.


Would you have thought of vocabulary as key to school learning success? Why or why not?


What course(s) in college have introduced the most new vocabulary words for you to learn?


Of these strategies, which ones do you use when you see or hear new words whose meaning or definition you may not know?

                         a. use the text around the word(s) to understand the meaning

                         b. use a paper or online dictionary to define the word(s)

                         c. ask someone or ask Siri for the meaning 

                         d. ignore the word(s)







The Littlest Voyageur




Books brought by a bookmobile to the migrant camp opened a child to life's possibilities


Did a bookmobile come to your neighborhood in the summer? If you were a kid without books and transportation living on a reservation, in a rural setting, in an inner-city neighborhood without a library, in foster care, or in prison, what might a bookmobile do for you?



Second Virtual Workshop






  • How many pages have you read this past week for your University classes?
  • What is the most challenging reading that you have had to do?
  • Why is that material challenging to you and what strategies do you use to overcome those challenges?

Recalling the Reading Comprehension Video from FAT City just watched, reading is making meaning from text, but when readers lack context, they struggle to make meaning from what they are reading.

Activity 1


Analyze Dwight D. Eisenhower's response to the Soviet Union's launching of Sputnik (1957) and the nation's increased commitment to space exploration and science in education.


NASA Photograph

Hidden Figures Movie Trailer


  'Hidden Figures': How Black Women Did the Math That Put Men on the Moon, NPR Podcast (September 25, 2016)





Third Virtual Workshop






Online Tools for Interactive Vocabulary Learning  




Younger Students' Resources


Older Students' Resources


Thesaurus and Grammar Checkers


Math and Science Resources









Wordless books offer a unique creative reading experience that requires “reader” participation. Informed by their life experiences, young readers observe and interpret the illustrations to create their own stories. These narratives have the flexibility to change with every reading because we are reading pictures, not words. The stories can be told as a descriptive account or from the point of view of different characters.


Wordless books reflect the creativity and imagination of the readers who translate their stories. Multiple readers can also take turns adding narration, voices, or sound effects to each page. 


FOSSIL can be read as a description of the illustrations, or told from the viewpoint of either the boy or the dog. Or for even more challenging narrative possibilities, the story can be told from the perspective of secondary characters like the dragonfly, pteranodon, or fossils themselves. 


Wordless books invite the creativity and imagination of the readers.

Different readers create their own narration, voices, or sound effects to each page. 

Readers write dialogue--the talk of the characters-- and description--words talking about what is happening on the page.



Workshop 3  Engaging Readers Through Surprise










View Video


View Poet's Novel Turns Young Sports Lovers into Book Lovers

2015 Newberry Medal Award Winner choice, 

The Crossover, by Kwame Alexander, poet and author.



12. Would you have predicted that a book of poetry about basketball--communicating ideas and emotions and new vocabulary--would attract adolescent boys as readers?


13. Would a book of poetry telling stories have attracted YOU as a teen reader? Why? Why not?


 14. A class of middle school students is WRITING with Kwame Alexander AS INSTRUCTOR.

What surprises you about the young writers, their writing and the class?










https://www.onenote.com/learningtools  Immersive Reader we all have free in our Microsoft 365 download from UMASS



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