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Diane, I used your idea-inspired Oprah interview today with my first graders using the Gingerbread Man. It was not only effective but FUN! The kids loved it!
That's fantastic! What a great story to use it with too. :)
Hi Irene and Diane. Character interview is a great strategy. I have used it successfully with students from kindergarten to junior secondary school. Its benefits are multi-pronged as it: encourages inferential comprehension; when students are familiar with the strategy and they become the interviewer, it encourages them to learn the skill of asking meaningful questions; it provides a context for authentic assessment and is a vehicle for the development (and assessment) of oral language skills.
Readers theatre is another favourite of mine. However, I avoid the use of prepared scripts as this negates many rich learning opportunities. If you are interested and wish to e-mail me, I will forward an overview of the process I prefer to use.
Thank you so much for your input. Very valuable information! I'll email you.
For creating mental images: I read aloud a book without showing the pics. Then I give each student a page from the book with only text, no pictures. They make the picture that goes with the text. Then we compile the book and compare the book's pictures with my student's. Excellent for a class discussion or individual conferences.