Growing Independence and Fluency
|Rationale: In order for students
to read fluently they must learn to read words accurately and automatically;
however, once they have learned this they must learn to read at a fast
pace. Next, they begin learning to read with expression. When
students are able to read quickly and with expression they are able to
gain better reading comprehension and enjoy reading more. In order
for students to be able to reach this reading goal, they must have examples
of both the appropriate and inappropriate ways to read aloud. They
must also have a considerable amount of practice.
2. Read a sentence aloud to the students with absolutely no expression and at a very slow pace. "Did I read that sentence in a way that really did sound like I would if I were just talking to you? No, I didnât did I! When we talk to each other, we speak with expression, and that is exactly what we need to do when we are reading too! We have to read stories as if we were really in them. If the character is sad, then we sound sad. If they are happy, then we should sound happy. When you watch a movie do the actors talk like I did? No, they read their lines with expression. Reading aloud is a lot like acting. Let me try to read that sentence again with a little more expression." (Read the same sentence again but with wonderful expression)
3. "Today, we are going to have acting class! We will practice reading aloud to each other as if we were real actors, so we will have to read with great expression! You are going to read aloud to your partner as expressively as you can. Remember that you are trying to be a wonderful actor or actress. You can use your voice or your facial expression as you read. In order to be able to read as quickly as we talk, we have to do a lot of practicing." Students will pair up and read A Real Seal to one another as I walk around and observe.
4. Assessment will be done in the form of centers. Students will go to one center where there will be a tape recording of me reading some sentence with and without expression. The sentences will be typed up on worksheets where the students will have to describe each sentence according to if I did or did not read them with good expression. Next, they will move to a center where they will read sentences from The Real Seal book aloud to me with expression. I will evaluate their reading according to their ease and fluency (how quickly they can read it). I will also evaluate them according to the expression that they use as they read. Their tone of voice should match the mood of the sentence that they are reading.
A Real Seal by Karen Harrington, Steck-Vaughn Company, 1991.
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