We Need Expression!
Growing Independency and Fluency
Katy Locklin

Rationale: Fluency is turning reading into speech.  To be able to become fluent readers, children have to be able to read with expression.  This lesson focuses on children becoming expressive readers.  Reading with expression also makes the text more enjoyable.

Materials: variety of decodable books in a bucket; String Bean Has No Wife (Steck Vaughn)

1. I will start the lesson by reviewing cross checking.  "While reading, if you are stuck on a word, take a shot at it.  Cover up part to make it easier to sound out.  If this doesn't work, then read the rest of the sentence to see what would make sense.  If this doesn't work, change a guess to make it fit the sentence.  If this doesn't work, reread the sentence to get back into the story.  By cross checking, you are using higher levels of comprehension to figure out the word.
2. Today we are going to talk about the importance of expression in our reading.  Let's look at these sentences (on board): "You are out!"  "Where are you?"  "The dog is sick" (read them with expression).  When we talk we use expressions so when we read, we should also use expressions to make the text more enjoyable.
3. Now I am going to read these sentences again without expression and I want you to tell me which would you rather have read to you (repeat sentences without expression).  Right!  The one with expression sounds much more enjoyable.  When I point to the sentences I want you to try reading with expression with me.  Great job!
4. Now I want you to pick out a book and find a partner (pick from decodable texts in the bucket).  You will have 30 minutes to read the book to your partner.  Work on reading with expression so your partner will be fascinated.  If you get done before time is up, reread your book using more expression.
5. With your partner, find your favorite sentence out of the two books that you read (or that was read to you) with a lot of expression.  You will have 3 minutes to do so.  After the 3 minutes are up, have one person from each duo share his sentence with the rest of the class.  Be sure to read to us with lots of expression!  If you get done early, practice your sentence using expression.
6. For assessment I will have each child read to me individually String Bean Has No Wife.  I will be taking notes on whether not they have mastered using expression while reading.  I will have them read three times to see if their expression improves using a checklist as they read.

String Bean Has No Wife.  Steck-Vaughn.

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