Exciting Your Mind
Jamie Ann Mathis
Children communicate feelings, thoughts, and concerns through different methods of expression. When they feel or think something, they primarily express their joy, grief, and sorrow through speech. It is important to teach children to read with these same expressions. This develops the child’s fluency in reading. Teaching a child to read in this expressive manner involves changing the speed, inflection, volume and pitch of your voice. When children learn to read in this manner, it greatly increases the child’s comprehension of the material as well as making reading more entertaining experience. In this lesson the children will listen to me read an example of a “dry read” as well as an “expressive read” and then tell me which they enjoyed more and why.
My house is on
b. My dog is brown and white.
c. The mailman comes after .
1) Have each student read to the teacher from the book. From this reading the teacher can do a checklist of reading fluency testing speed, smoothness, expression, and remembrance of words.
2) Use the observation notes as a reference to monitor improvement of reading or to know who needs extra help.
Accuracy of Words: would include words missed
Speed: One minute reads
Read with Expression: what needs improvement, was it correct
1) Encourage children to read books to their parents or loved ones at home using this newfound skill.
2) Revisit reading with expression briefly over the next few days in class, and have students break into groups and read aloud to each other using the expressive reading techniques you have taught them.
3) Select a “group book” that you will read a few pages from aloud to the class each reading session. Read with passion and excitement to keep the children’s interest. Discuss with the class what the characters of the book may have been feeling or thinking based on your expressive reading.
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