Joanie Baker
Growing Independence and Fluency
 ----- Express Delivery -----

Rationale:  It is important for children to not only become fluent but also learn to read expressively.  In this lesson we will use prepared sentences, mood cards, and whole text to learn how to become an expressive reader.

Materials: * Prepared sentences for teacher ­ (each sentence should express a different mood.)

* A set of mood cards for each student (The set is composed of note cards with the moods happy, sad, angry, no mood written on each.)

Multiple copies of The Three Little Pigs

Procedure:  Review with students how to cross check and do cover-ups.  Introduce expression.  Today we will learn how to read using expression.  Who thinks they know what reading with expression means?  Expression is putting feeling into the words you read.  This makes reading much more fun and interesting.  You can do this by raising or lowering your voice, changing the tone of your voice, and reading certain words slower or faster than other words.  Model a few sentences that demonstrate a different expression.  Example Sentence 1:  "I won a million dollars!"  Expression is excitement or happiness.  Example Sentence 2:  "I lost my favorite toy."  Expression is sad

2. Pass out a set of mood cards to each student.  We are going to play a game.  I will
read a sentence using expression and you raise the card that matches my mood.Example:  "Go to your room right now and think about what you have done!"Make sure students hold up the angry mood card.  Continue with more sentences that demonstrate reading expressively to ensure the students understand.

3. Put student into small groups of four and pass out copies of The Three Little Pigs.  Review how to take turns reading different characters part in the book.  Students should choose to be the parts of the wolf, pig 1, pig 2, or pig 3.  Okay students while you are reading your part make sure you read expressively.

4. Assessment:  While students are in groups, call one group to a quite corner and observe them reading the book.  When it is the child's turn to read; evaluate their ability to read expressively.  Listen for tone and dynamics of voice.

5. Class now we all know how to read using our expressive voices.  We can make reading much more interesting.

Resources:  Beginning to Read:  Thinking and Learning about print., Adams, Marilyn
J., Department of education, 1990, p. 91-94.
Viruleg, Lisa.  Express Yourself!  4/3/02 html.

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