Growing Independence and Fluency
Rationale:† An important aspect of reading fluently is reading with expression.† Reading with expression entails changing the speed, pitch or volume of your voice to enhance attention and understanding of the text.† This lesson will allow children to practice reading with expression.
Materials:† Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens; samples of decodable books, such as What Will the Seal Eat? and Di and the Mice by Educational Insights; Reading assessment checklist
Procedure:† 1.† Read a sample paragraph from the first page of Tops and Bottoms.† For the first time, read it in a steady monotone voice, without taking any pauses.†"Okay, class, listen as I read the same paragraph a second time a little differently."† This time, read the same paragraph expressively, varying in loudness and softness, using high and low voices, and pausing when needed.
† 2.†"Class, which way did you like better?† Good, all of you said the second way.† Why did you all like it better the second time?"† Write down examples of what they say on the board.† Review or point out, "When we change the loudness or the softness of our voice, or how fast and slow we read, or how high or low we talk when we read, that is reading expressively.† Has anyone heard that word before?†† Today, we are going to work on all these things when we read, so that we can read expressively.
www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/illum/coblentsgf.html - Meredith Coblentz. "Let's Read With Expression"
Tops and Bottoms by Janet Stevens, Harcourt Brace publishers, 1995.
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