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38564900-Learning-Strategies-Resource-Guide(2)

38564900-Learning-Strategies-Resource-Guide(2)

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WHAT: Big books are enlarged texts designed to be used in shared reading time. Increasing the
size of pictures and print makes it possible for children to see the illustrations and the
words as the teacher reads aloud and shares the text. Big books should have predictable
patterns or interesting plots so that students can have a worthwhile experience. Big print
and big pictures get attention, but the value is diminished if the text is not interesting.
Big book sets include multiple copies of small books for individual and group reading
after the text has been shared in a large group.

WHY: These large texts are used to make children aware of print and how it works. Big books
provide a linguistic framework for language learning within the context of a story or
connected text. The large visual display of conventional print along with the comple-
mentary illustration helps students to see interesting structural patterns and graphic
arrangements. Students may notice interesting letter similarities, punctuation symbols,
word order, nouns, verbs, adjectives, and other conventions of print. Using texts that
include rhyme, repetition, cumulative structure, natural language flow and familiar sub-
ject matter, or other predictable features assists students in developing confidence in
their ability to construct meaning.

HOW: 1. The teacher introduces a big book by showing the title and asking students to predict
the content (“What do you think this book will tell us about ___________?”).

2. The teacher reads the text aloud, stopping at natural points for student interaction.

3. The teacher invites students’ questions and comments after the reading is completed.

4. The teacher reads the book again and invites the students to read along. At the end of
this reading, he or she encourages a discussion about personal connections made by
the students.

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THEN
WHAT:
The teacher invites students to select individual ways of extending the story or retelling
information in visual or written forms.

Sources for big books:

Delmar Publishers, 2 Computer Drive West, Albany, NY 12212

Goldencraft-Children’s Press, Western Publishing, 5440 North Cumberland Avenue, Chicago, IL 60656

Learning Well, Department DF, 200 South Service Road, Roslyn Heights, NY 11577

Random House, Department 436, 400 Hahn Street, Westminster, MD 21157

Rigby, P.O. Box 797, Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Scholastic, P.O. Box 7501, 2931 East McCarthy Street, Jefferson City, MO 65102

Wright Group, 10949 Technology Place, San Diego, CA 92127

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