Growing Independence and Fluency
Reading Easy for Independent Fluency
Blair Brewer

Rationale: “Fluency is fast, expressive reading.”  This only comes when children are able to develop automatic and immediate identification of words.  The only way to develop fluency is through reading easy books.  Children need lots of practice with easy books.  Most of the children that suffer from non-fluency are older.  Older children suffer from non-fluency more than young children.  When older children slip through the cracks and are having problems reading, they do not want to read easy books because the books are “baby books”.  So how do we deal with this?  The solution is reading easy for independent fluency.
Materials: easy books (Dr. Seuss books, Clifford books, and nonfiction picture books), a tape recorder, and charts.
1. We will review how to cross check. (when you read a sentence and you come to a word you don’t know, try to figure it out and pronounce what you think it is, then finish reading the sentence and see if it makes sense)
2. Now we will learn how to read fluently.
3. This is how fluent readers read.  I will model fluent reading.
4. This is how non-fluent readers model non-fluent reading.
5. Partner each while with another child and arrange a time each week to read these easy books.
6. Get lots of different easy books.
7. Teacher reads these books to the students, allow them to choose the book they want to prepare to read to the buddies.
8. The children practice reading their books.  First read with partner. Second, read on tape.  Third, read to the teacher with expression.
9. The teacher makes a chart in which each child lists books that they read during the weeks.  Review the books that have been read. Remind them of books that have not been read.
10. Have them choose another book and repeat the steps.  Do this until the end of the year.

Phonics They Use. P. Cunningham, pg 114-116. p. 1997.

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