The Content and Purposes of Talk that Accompanies Oral Reading Events:Insights from a Mother-Daughter Case Study

Bobbie Kabuto


This article investigates the substance and possible purposes of talk that accompanies oral reading events within a mother-daughter case study. The findings presented in this paper are from a case study that was part of a larger Family Retrospective Miscue Analysis study that assisted parents in becoming strategic partners who build on the strengths of their children when reading with them. This article presents the functions of talk that accompany oral readings, the insights gained about reading as a meaning-construction process, and how parents can benefit from listening to their children’s talk during oral reading sessions.


Reading, Talk, Parent Involvement

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