I feel like I could easily absorb what the experienced teachers have to say and fail to be proactive in contributing any of my own ideas. I have felt that reading comprehension is one of the more useful and important skills for our students to develop and story time is a non-threatening setting to develop that. I have just finished reading “Once an Arafat Man” to my older students. This is a wonderful, true story of God’s redemption in the Middle East. To help students in their listening skills and reading comprehension skills, I have the students write summaries of each chapter. On a later day, I choose a few of them to present their summaries to the whole class, thus incorporating some public speaking skills. This activity is not graded. I want students to be able to enjoy the story and understand the plot of the story. This also keeps most of the students engaged with the story instead of being lost.
Is there a time to read a story for read-aloud purely for humor? If so, what amount is appropriate?