Nancy Livingston shares some teaching aids to better engage students in the reading process. Research shows that the most important predictor of reading success is whether or not a child has been read aloud to in an interactive setting.*

The following system will help teachers and parents develops of a variety of questions to ask children that will stimulate thinking about the story being shared. While evaluating the impact of these questioning strategies upon youngster’s comprehension, researchers found significant gains.

*Adams, M. Beginning to Read: Thinking and Learning about Print. CROWS model is adapted from research conducted in the Stony Brook Reading and Language Project, Sate University at New York at Sony Brook, entitled “Classroom Interventions in Shared Reading in Head Start settings”, by Whitehurst, Fischel, Epstein, and Angell.