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Developing Fluency

Jackie Erd


Reading fluency is a very important part in reading comprehension.  When children first learn to read, they concentrate on pronouncing phonemes and decoding words.  Comprehension of the story can be difficult in this phase of reading.  After phoneme awareness and decoding have been developed, fluency is the next step to achieve.  Fluency allows for students to focus more on the content of a story rather than simply the words.  Repeated reading is one of the most strongly supported ways to develop fluency.  By repeating reading, students will learn to recognize words, and with each reading speed and comprehension will increase.




To assess, take each child aside and time them once more as they read for one minuteand then move their train up so they can see their improvement.  (Keeping in mind this could be something that takes place over a week, repeating again and again to show their improvements) 


 Naylor, Katie. “Get on the reading fast track.” www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/inroads/naylorg.html

 Oglesby, Kara.  “Ribbit, Ribbit: Leap into Speedy Reading”  www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/openings/oglesbygf.html

Rey's, Margret and H.A. "Curious George Takes a Train."  2002.  Houghton Mifflon: Boston.

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