On the subject of reading aloud to high schoolers…take the opportunity whenever you can to read short selections from “real books” that illuminate the subject under study. Rather than having a set “read aloud” time, (which is great if you have the time for it in your schedule), read snippets from biographies, articles, stories, or news items that relate to the current subject.
If studying the industrial revolution, consider readings from Hard Times or Sinclair’s The Jungle. In literature, read a couple pages from another work by the author of the piece you are reading. If you are studying about hurricanes, read an account of the “Galveston Hurricane” of 1900, the deadliest natural disaster of the U.S.–and one of the worst to affect Canada. Such readings help cultivate the realization that reading widely expands our horizons–it’s not just something we do with print subject in school-type material.