Our Read Aloud Lessons are designed to give you insights about the selected book to enhance your read aloud session and present civics learning in a fun, memorable way.

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A key part of our mission is to infuse literature-based civics learning into everyday practice. Our Read Aloud Lessons are designed to give you titles and insights about the selected book to enhance your read aloud session and present civics learning in a fun, memorable way.

The Power of Read Alouds

Reading aloud helps students learn how to use language and retain key points of the story. It improves their information processing skills, vocabulary, and comprehension. As you read aloud, variations in your pitch, tone, pace, volume, pauses, and eye contact help produce a fluent and enjoyable delivery. The addition of questions and comments in your session—provided in our downloadable lessons—helps create a more fulfilling experience for everybody!

We’ll add new downloadable lessons on a regular basis and we are happy to work with you to develop custom lessons, as well.

About our special Read Aloud Program during our 2022 Law Day Celebration!

During the week of May 1st (Law Day) Rendell Center and ABOTA (American Board of Trial Advocates) lawyers joined classrooms virtually with our specially crafted Read Aloud Sessions all centered on the 2022 Law Day Theme, Toward a More Perfect Union: The Constitution in Times of Change.

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During these engaging sessions, Read Alouds, based on works of children’s literature were read, followed by questions on current issues and the readings. Topics include:

Building Community, Rules Rule, Student Voice, Who We are As American Citizens, The American Judiciary, Rights and Responsibilities, Conflict & Compromise, and The Constitution.

These are the Read Alouds we highlighted for Law Day 2022. Scroll down to see even more.

Greta and the Giants

Lesson 1

Marshall The Courthouse Mouse

Lesson 40


Lesson 45

Salute to Firefighters Read Aloud

Firefighters will actively engage in a Read Aloud Session with your students, discuss the history of volunteer firefighting and how to become an engaged citizen. The program can be tailored to meet your needs. Average length of time is 45 minutes. Firefighters will also answer questions from the students about firefighting.

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Firefighter Read Aloud

Download Read Aloud Lessons

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Cover of Unstoppable

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Cover of The Undefeated

Lesson 34

Black Heroes Book Cover

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I Am MLK Jr Book Cover

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Justice Is Book Cover

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The Oldest Student Book Cover

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The Power of Her Pen Book Cover

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Marshall The Courthouse Mouse

Lesson 40

A Judge Grows in the Bronx

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If I Were President

Lesson 42

City Green

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Rufus Goes to School

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I Voted!

Lesson 46

Elizabeth Started All the Trouble

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Additional Resources

Discover more free, downloadable lessons and tools for teachers. Also check out Maggie’s Civics Corner for lessons you can put right into your daily civics teaching.

The Rendell Center will also work with you to create custom lessons to support your civics teaching.