Title: Choral Reading

by: Heather Miller, edited by Stephanie Martinez and Krystal Billeck

Textbook definition:

Oral reading, often of poetry, that makes use of various voice combinations and contrast to create meaning or highlight tonal qualities of a passage.

Describe the lesson:

The students will take turns reading a passage from "Green Eggs and Ham" and practice using different character voices to draw meaning.

When was it observed:

November 21, 2011

Classroom teacher observed and school:

Mrs. Mayer at Oakland Elementary

Grade level:


Objectives of the lesson:

The students will be able to read a loud openly and efficiently
The students will be able to use voice combinations and contrasts to create meaning of a passage

Materials needed for the lesson:

"Green Eggs and Ham", students names on a piece of paper, a hat (preferably cat in the hat)


The teacher will read "Green Eggs and Ham" to the students. She will model the characters feelings and meaning by manipulting her voice. After she is done reading she will give the students a passage from the book. She will pick students by pulling names from a hat to take turns reading the parts in the characters voice. She will take turns doing this until each student has gone.

Supporting Documents:

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My observation of the lesson:

The students really enjoyed hearing the teacher make funny voices when reading the story and taking turns doing it themselves. This helped the to draw meaning from the story and understand how the characters were feeling by the way they sounded. I really enjoyed watching this lesson and I will definitely use it in my classroom.

Benefits of Choral Reading:

Choral reading can be beneficial to shy readers and will get students more engaged in reading especially the younger children. It will encourage students to become interative in the story.

Drawbacks of Choral Reading:

Students may get off task and become to engaged in making the funny voices of the characters.