Expressive Eloquent Experts
Growing Independence and Fluency
    Julie Miller

Rationale:  Learning to read with expression greatly alters how the story appears to the listener. Part of becoming an expert reader is learning to read fluently and with expression.  Reading with expression means changing your pace, volume, tone and often changing voices with the different characters.  Today we will focus on how to read with enthusiasm and expression.

Materials: The Littlest Pumpkin, by R.A. Herman, Franklin Wants A Pet and  Franklin and His Friend Paulette Bourgeois and Brenda Clark -one book of each for each pair, assessment checklist

1. Before we begin our lesson today, let's review what happens when two letters make one sound called a digraph.  We all remember Charlie the train, right?  Good, what sound does /ch/ make when we put them together?  Right, the train sound! Very good!

2. Today, we are going to work on reading with expression.  Who can tell me what they think reading with expression means?  Very good, it's when you alter you voice to add fun and drama into the story.  What would happen if we didn't read with expression?  I think it would be pretty boring, don't you?  Well, let's give this a try. If I said, "I had a great weekend" without changing the tone of my voice at all, would you believe that I had a great weekend?  I wouldn't either.  But, if I said it with enthusiasm, like "I had GREAT weekend!!!" that would be more interesting, right?  Expression helps a lot when you read a story. You can even decide to make different voices for the different characters in your book.  That's what's so great about reading; it truly becomes an adventure when you add some expression and enthusiasm. For example, would you read a scary part in a slow, creepy voice or would you read it fast and loud?  Changing your expression can add to the whole meaning of the story.

3. Now, I am going to read The Littlest Pumpkin two times and I want you to tell me which time you think it sounded better and why. ö Read it one time with expression and one time without.  Now, raise your hand and tell me why you liked it better when I read with expression.

4. Now, in groups of two, I want one person at a time to read from Franklin Wants A Pet or Franklin and His Friend (the other student will read the other book)ö change your tone, your speed, your pitch and everything that you think might help the sentence sound better.  But, I also wan t you to read it without any enthusiasm and see which way your partner likes it best.

Give the children a paragraph to practice reading with enthusiasm with their partner.  When they think they have mastered it, have them individually come up to your desk and read their paragraphs with and without expression.  Also, you could ask them to tell you why they chose to express it in the way that they did.  What tipped them off to that type of expression? Use assessment checklist.

Lindsey Tomlinson "Express Yourself!"

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