Presentation on theme: "Pointers for Reading Aloud"— Presentation transcript:
1Pointers for Reading Aloud Capture your audience!
2Why read aloud? Reading aloud makes literature communal. Reading aloud brings life to a text.Reading aloud adds to comprehension.
3How to read aloud effectively: MEANING Mind the languageMake the words sound as they mean. What are some different meanings that can be made of Ophelia’s words to her father, just by changing intonation and emphasis?“I shall obey, my lord” ( ).
4Practice Meanings Say the word “wild” to mean: an amazing trapeze act unruly childrenthreatening weatheruntamed catsa bright color
5More practice, meanings Take the phrase, “What did you say?”Say it as if you were:curiousdisbelievinga parent responding to a child who has just talked back to you
6How to read aloud effectively: VOLUME Adjust volume of your voice to the room.Speak to the back wall of your space, not the front row.
7How to read aloud effectively: PACE Sloooow down.Practice: Take a cutting of text that is 150 words. Use one full minute to read the150 words aloud. This is the ideal speed for reading aloud.In general, speak slower than you think you should, when reading aloud. However, if the text calls for it, quicken your pace, and then relax it.
8How to read aloud effectively: PITCH Varying pitch expressively is called “intonation”.Practice: Put one hand on your chest and the other hand on your nose. Hum from your highest to your lowest note. Be aware of the placement of sound, where it resonates in your body. Use ranges above and below your middle note, to give expression to your reading.Without a range in your voice (that is, speaking in a monotone) you will “drone” and your audience will lose interest.
9How to read aloud effectively: NARRATION Reading a story aloud should sound no different than the way you tell a friend about a special event in your day. Acquaint yourself with the text so that you can be connected and animated, not hesitant and halting.