There is growing practical research and implementation ideas for using think-alouds. The following resources, many available in the Teacher Store, can help you implement these strategies into your reading instruction.


Professional Books

  • The most comprehensive and on-point book of this nature is
    Improving Comprehension With Think-Aloud Strategies by Jeff Wilhelm (Scholastic, 2001).
  • The most comprehensive and on-point book for teaching reading strategies through drama/action techniques is Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension by Jeff Wilhelm (Scholastic, 2002).
  • You Gotta BE the Book: Teaching Engaged and Reflective Reading With Adolescents, by Jeff Wilhelm (Teachers College Press, 1997), describes how think-alouds can be used as a teacher research and assessment technique that helps teachers, and how think-alouds can be used to teach readers.

Other books that make intelligent use of think-aloud strategies, among various other strategies, are:

  • Teaching Reading in Middle School (Robb, Scholastic, 2000)
  • Reading for Understanding (Shoenbach, Greenleaf, Cziko and Hurwitz, Jossey Bass, 1999)
  • When Kids Can't Read: What Teachers Can Do (Beers, 2003, Heinemann)
  • Strategies That Work (Harvey and Goudvis, Stenhouse, 2000).

Skill Building Books

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