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Shared Reading

Contrary to what is usually believed, even if children are able to decode, they may not be able to make meaning from the text. They need scaffolding and handholding of considerable duration from an early stage. This can be achieved effectively through shared reading where an adult reads a story book aloud along with the child. During shared reading, the adult asks the child to predict the storyline from the pictures. This prediction is referred to later in the light of how the story actually turns out. Different types of questions are asked to the child to support the process of comprehension. Shared reading also involves deliberate discussion about the print structure, writing conventions, punctuation etc. during the process of reading.