May is the month where we make a mad rush to help those students who still need to improve their fluency before the end of the year. We read, reread, do repeated timings, work on word attack, improve our expression, partner read, and so much more. The strategy I have found to work very well with those reluctant to read fluently is to identify and underline phrases.
Some new readers get into a habit of reading. like. this. and. stop. after. every. word. They don’t see the phrases or the easy schmeasy words that they can read easily. We need to make them anticipate and see those phrases readily.
So I gather them together and project a passage onto the white board. They all have their own passages in front of them. We read it together and then go through it underlining phrases. I model and model some more. I model some more by reading those phrases we have underlined. Then they read, and read it again. Then they take it home and read it to an adult.
Not brain surgery for sure, but definitely an easy way to get those students who stop in front of every word to read more fluently.
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Try it! I’d love to hear what you think!
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