Don’t Be Sick of Reading with Expression!
Growing Independence and Fluency
with fluency is the ability to recognize words accurately and quickly.
children have accomplished this task, it is important that they are
master the task of reading with expression. This lesson is designed to
importance of reading with expression and to show children how and why
should read with expression. It is important that as children read
silently or out loud, that they read with expression. The following
enable children to hear a model of reading with expression, as well as
an opportunity for them to practice reading with expression.
Chalkboard, chalk, copy of "Bully" by Judith
Caseley, copies of "Sick" poem by Shel Silverstein from Where the
assessment check sheet (attached)
- Begin by reading "Bully" by
Judith Caseley with a lot of expression to the class. "Today we will be learning about reading
with expression. It is important that as we read that we use expression
in our voices. This means that if a character is sad, read like you are
upset and show it in the tone of your voice and in your face. This is
important that we do this because we want each other to understand how
the characters are feeling during the story or poems we read."
- Review sentence structure and
reading sentences as this time during the lesson. Children will be
reminded about the important aspects of a sentence. This will include
the capital letter at the beginning of each sentence, reading left to
right, as well as reading from the top of the page to the bottom of the
page. This would also be a good time to remind children how to cross
check their words as they read. "Boys and girls when you have a hard time reading a word
remember that you should first try and say the word, then finish the
sentence, then go back if the word does not make sense to you… just
remember that reading with expression help stories make a lot more
- "Punctuation in a
story helps us to read with expression. It helps us to know what kind
of expression we should use when we are reading." Review question
marks and exclamation marks with students. "We are going to review the question mark
and the exclamation mark. If you saw a sentence that ended in a
question mark the character is asking a question. How would that sound
if someone was asking a question?"(Children will respond,
allowing class involvement). "If a
sentence ended with an exclamation mark, the characters are feeling
very excited… how would that sound if there was an exclamation point at
the end of the sentence?"
- Read aloud the "Bully" poem twice
with expression and once without expression. Have students notice
differences between the two readings. Have a class vote as to what
reading they liked better.
- Each student will be paired with
another student in the classroom. Pass out copies out the "Sick" poem.
Have students practice reading to one another with expression. "I want each partner to practice reading with expression to
one another. Remember….exclamation points mean they are very excited
and that question marks mean the character is asking questions. Have
fun and don’t be SICK of reading with expression…its fun!"
- For assessment , students will
read to their partner as the teacher walks from partner to partner
evaluating their ability to grasp the concept of expression. The
teacher will do a checklist on each child. After the lesson, the
teacher will have a quick conference with each child to review their
progress. If the students did not do well, the teacher will work one on
one with the student.
with expression! Growing Independency and
Fluency – Misty Willoughby
Expression is key. Growing Independency and
Fluency – Melinda Mc Donald http://www.auburn.edu/rdggenie/openings/mcdonaldgf.html
Adams, Marilyn. Beginning to read: Thinking and
Learning about Print
- Did the child’s voice change when they
read? Yes or No
- Is the child enjoying the book? Yes or No
- Did the child read the book to make their
partner enjoy it? Yes or No
- Did the child have different expressions
on his/her face when reading the book? Yes or No