Growing Independence and Fluency
Mallory Hall



It is important of children to understand that when they read they need to read with expression.  This will make it easier on the child to comprehend what they are reading.  This lesson will help children see the difference between reading with and without expression.  They will learn to recognize punctuation marks when reading and what each is used for.  This will help their reading continue to improve.


Materials: Guess How Much I Love You By: Sam McBratney

                         Paper and pencil

                         Chart paper

                         Sentence strips that you must use expression when speaking 

                        (Such as “Ouch! That hurt!” or “Shh! Be quiet!”)



1. Tell the children that we are going to learn how to read with expression.  First, write punctuation marks on the chart paper.  Include question marks, exclamation marks, quotation marks, etc. Let them know what each punctuation mark means.  Let them know that quotes mean someone is talking, exclamation mark means to read with excitement, if all the letters in a word are capital letters read those words loud (HOT!), if all the letters in a word are small letters read those words soft (Be quiet), and question marks mean to say as if you asking someone the question.  Explain to them that when we talk, we talk with expression.  When we read, we need to read with expression to make the story more interesting for the audience.  Are you ready to read with expression?

2.  I will read a few pages of Guess How Much I Love You with no expression.  I will now read a book about the love that a son has for his father.  Have you ever had a great love for someone and tried to show them with your arms stretched out like this?  (Stretch out arms)  I will read this book with expression or no expression.  I will stop and them if they like the way I am reading this book and what I need to do differently to make it interesting to them.  I will tell them that now I am going to read with expression.  “BE QUIET!” or “Shh! She’s sleeping.” I will ask them which way they like better and what I did differently. 

3.  Ok, now that you understand how to read with expression.  I want to you to read for me.  Hold up the sentence strips with sentences such as “Wait! That’s hot!”,“Shh! The baby is sleeping.”, “No way! That is so cool!”, I lost all my change.  Will you help me find it?”.  Let the students come up to the board and read the sentences how they think they should be read if they were reading from a book. 

4. For assessment, have the children get in groups at their desks and write down sentences they might read with expression.  Have each group share their sentences. 



McBratney, Sam. Guess How Much I Love You.  Candlewick. 1995.  32 pages


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