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Since I attended my second session of the LETRS (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) training a few weeks ago, I've thought a lot about reading fluency.
Studies indicate a direct relation between fluency and comprehension.
No surprises there, it makes sense that struggling readers would struggle with comprehension. If they have a hard time figuring out the words, it's not very likely they will put together the meaning easily.
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- automaticity in word recognition
- accurate word recognition
- rate (speed) of reading
- prosody, or expression
So, how do we build fluency?
- Practice both phonetic patterns as well as sight words. (Feel free to download my short a/ long a practice freebie by clicking the graphic to the right.)
- Practice reading phrases and sentences a few words at a time. (Phrasing)
- Practice reading simple paragraphs with expression.
- Oral Reading with a partner. (using text of appropriate difficulty... "just right" text! 95 - 100% accuracy)
- Monitored Independent Reading
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