One of the pieces of Scaffolding Literacy is that we can tell the story in advance, then read it to the students, after having set up the context and using the critical vocabulary so that it won’t be new to students. It really is very similar to asking a story after having set up the structures and playing with them beforehand.
Yesterday, I got to see how well knowing a story in advance works. My advanced students were reading through the new TPRS Publishing Houdini in Russian (excited shriek here from me). Last year they got to be the guineau pigs for this book, reading all the versions until they were completely sick of it. Having a copy of a real book in hand, however, they were delighted to re-read it for the nth time, and they were SO into it! Understanding it easily because they knew it so well made all the difference in the world.
Now I need to take lessons from Bryce and Carol and Jody and inspire real discussions about the content that are interesting to students.