Making a Place, Making a Case for Read-Alouds: A Powerful Teaching Tool for Literacy

When is a read-aloud more than a great story? When it also ties in critical thinking skills. In this 4-week e-course, participants will learn how to infuse literacy skills while continuing to share the passion and power of a great read-aloud. The culminating project will be a collaborative lesson plan that incorporates nonfiction read alouds with critical thinking strategies into a content area while also including indicators from AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

Learning Outcomes

  • Evaluate high quality fiction and nonfiction titles great for reading aloud.

  • Discuss professional resources that reflect current research in the area of reading instruction and promotion, including AASL’s Standards for the 21st-Century Learner.

  • Discover ways to develop learners’ curiosity of curricular content through reading aloud nonfiction.

  • Understand selected reading strategies (think alouds, making connections, and inferring) to apply before, during, and after reading aloud.

“Reading is a window to the world. Reading is a foundational skill for learning, personal growth, and enjoyment. The degree to which students can read and understand text in all formats (e.g., picture, video, print) and all contexts is a key indicator of success in school and in life. As a lifelong learning skill, reading goes beyond decoding and comprehension to interpretation and development of new understandings.” Standards for the 21st Century Learner 
“Learning has a social context. Learning is enhanced by opportunities to share and learn with others. Students need to develop skills in sharing knowledge and learning with others, both in face-to-face situations and through technology.” Standards for the 21st Century Learner

Who Should Attend

The course is open to current, personal members of AASL. Not a member? Join here.


Liz Deskins has spent 20 years in school librarianship. It has been a fun-filled time, fueled by many literacy initiatives and changes in education. She has learned a great deal from whole language, literature based teaching, project based learning, inquiry learning, and the Literacy Collaborative reading model, but mostly that skills are needed to read as well as exposure to quality literature. Her passion for children’s literature, and sharing it with students of all ages, has led her to a Master’s degree with a focus on literature for children and given her opportunities to teach at the college level.

Christina Dorr has 20 years experience in libraries and education, with the past 18 in school library centers. Her personal love and passion is books, reading, and teaching children to love both. Christina has a Ph.D. in education, focusing on literature and literacy, from the Ohio State University, and has taught adjunct for OSU and three other Ohio universities.She has been trained in the Literacy Collaborative reading model and have attended, and given, numerous workshops, presentations, and pre-conferences on literature and literacy.



$25.00 (The course is open to current, personal members of AASL. Not a member? Join here.)

How to Register

This course is not being offered at this time.

Tech Requirements

Internet connection and web browser.


Registrants successfully completing the course may request a Certificate of Completion for 12 contact hours.


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