Fluency is the ability to read words quickly, accurately, and with expression.
Why is it important??
- Good fluency sounds like talking. There are adequate pauses, and the voice rises and falls when the student is reading.
- Fluency is critical to reading comprehension. A student that has to sound out each word they read will spend most of their time deciphering words and not comprehending what they are reading.
- The more fluent a student is, the more they can focus on comprehending what they are reading.
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Picture from Minds in Bloom, Ideas for Educators
- Cunningham, P. M., & Allington, R. L. (2016). Classrooms that work: They can all read and write. Pearson.