Fluency Instructional Strategies
Model Fluent and Expressive Reading
- When you are reading out loud to students, read expressively. Make sure to pause in the correct spaces and point out to students that you paused because of a comma or period.
- Show students how your voice changes when there is a question mark
- The teacher reads first, and with expression and the students try to copy the teacher.
- This helps students learn how to read with expression
- Readers Theatre with repeating parts like "The Little Red Hen" are great places to start
- Have students pick books to read that they know well. Since the students already know the story, they can focus on their fluency and not the words on the page.
- Pair students up and have them take turns reading and give feedback to each other. While the teacher moves from group to group keeping students focused and assessing where they are at. It is important to model this at the beginning of the year as to what's expected.
- Cunningham, P. M., & Allington, R. L. (2016). Classrooms that work: They can all read and write. Pearson.
- Lynette, R., & Noack, C. (2020, October 2). Tips to make reading fluency fun! Minds in Bloom. Retrieved July 30, 2022, from https://minds-in-bloom.com/tips-to-make-reading-fluency-fun/
- How would you schedule the reading instruction? Reading Rockets. (2020, May 27). Retrieved September 26, 2022, from https://www.readingrockets.org/blogs/shanahan-literacy/how-would-you-schedule-reading-instruction