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Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

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Text Talk: Julius, the Baby of the World

Grades K – 2
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Two 30-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association



From Theory to Practice



The importance of reading aloud to children is an established tenet of reading instruction. This lesson supports the language development and reading comprehension of kindergarten through second graders. Through the use of the text talk strategy, students explain, develop, and expand story ideas. This lesson is designed to help students learn how to gain meaning from words that are taken out of their original context.

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Beck, I.L., & McKeown, M.G. (2001). Text Talk: Capturing the benefits of read-aloud experiences for young children. The Reading Teacher, 55, 1020.

  • Text talk interactions are based on open-ended questions that the teacher poses during reading that ask children to consider the ideas in the story and talk about and connect them as the story moves along.

  • Text talks have six components:
1. Selecting texts that have some complexities of events for children to build meaning

2. Interspersed open-ended questions that require students to explain and describe text ideas

3. Follow-up questions that encourage elaboration of initial ideas

4. Pictures, which are presented after students have responded to the text

5. Background knowledge, which is used to support meaning building

6. Vocabulary words, which engage students in direct discussion after the story is completed

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