Choral reading is when students read aloud in unison as a whole class or in a group. Choral reading helps build fluency, self-confidence, and motivation. When students read aloud together, students who may ordinarily feel self-conscious or nervous about reading aloud have built-in support.

This strategy can also be used by teachers or instructors working with small groups or one-on-one with a student.

How to do choral reading

  1. Choose a book or passage that works well for reading aloud as a group:
    • Simple syntax and decodable (for beginning readers)
    • Not too long
    • At a level that most students can read with few errors.
  1. Provide each student a copy of the text so they may follow along. Alternatively, you can use an interactive whiteboard or screen.
  2. Read the passage or story aloud and model fluent reading for the students.
  3. Ask the students to use a marker or finger to follow along with the text as they read.
  4. Reread the passage and have all students in the group read the story or passage aloud in unison. Repeat.

Adapted from Reading Rockets

An example of choral reading with a small group of students