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Saturday, January 15, 2011

Activites that Improve Fluency

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development defines fluency as "the ability to read a text quickly, accurately, and with proper expression" (2000: 3-5).
If children labor to decode words, then they do not have the mental attention or resources available
to dedicate to comprehension and enjoyment, which means they are not really reading, just word calling. Therefore, one important goal in reading instruction is to enhance fluency. Listed above are several methods that help with fluency.
This link will bring you to a great presentation from the 2006 Reading First conference that clearly explains how to implement Reader's Theater and Repeated Readings to help students in your classroom with reading fluency .
http://www3.ksde.org/sfp/rdgfirst/natl_rdgfirst_conf_2006/hudson_using_repeated_reading_to_increase_fluency.pdf

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