great fluency you have… The better to read with, my dear!
Independence and Fluency
This lesson is designed to
teach and emphasize one aspect of fluency, which is expression.
brings a story and its characters to life, which makes reading fun!
read with expression greatly effects how a story appears to the
listener. Reading with expression means changing your
tone and often changing voices with the different characters.
Riding Hood” (Malena Company, Malena booklet no.100)
a red scarf, gown for grandma, hat for grandma, glasses for grandma,
Little Red Ridding Hood , and anything else the kids come up with.
begin the lesson I will model how expression can
enhance a story. I will read part of the story with no expression; I
the same monotone voice throughout the story. Then I will ask the
WRONG WITH THE WAY I JUST READ?” “WAS IT BORING?” Then I would explain
expression can make such a big difference when reading a story, and,
how it is
something that we all need to do when we read.” I will then go
finish the story correctly and model a lot of expression. I will also
how I changed my voice to a very deep sound, like a wolf would make,
very high when talking like little red riding hood. We will also
facial expressions change as well when we read.
- I will then
group the class into groups of four. I will tell them that it is their
practice reading with expression in front of one another and to help
out. I will go around and help anyone that needs it. After everyone
will ask if anyone would like to show off their expressive readings to
- Then I would show the class a few
example expressive sentences I
them on the bored and model how they should be read, with anger, sadly,
excitement. Then I would have each student take out a piece of paper
and write their
own three expressive sentences. I will ask them to think about
need to be said with excitement, with sadness, or with fright, and
write an example
for each. I will have volunteers share what they came up with. I will
this on the board, and talk about how the sentences change when read
will have the students do partner reads. I will go around the room and
observe as they are doing this. If I notice areas that can be improved
I will make a note of it and work with that child individually, or if
it is simple I will point it out then.
- After mastering expression, we will act out the
story as a class. I will call on people that did a good job during the
partner reads. There will be a narrator and a person for each part, and
we will repeat this as many times as need, so everyone gets a chance to
have a part.
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