Ch 5: Fluency & Reading Development

About This Chapter

Review some familiar strategies and acquire some new techniques for teaching students to read, and improving their fluency and automaticity. You will study word recognition techniques, decoding skills and other components of the reading process.

Fluency & Reading Development - Chapter Summary

The lessons in this chapter focus on the components of reading fluency. You will study how children acquire basic reading skills, gain new strategies for teaching fluency and automaticity and read about some suggested activities to improve a student's reading rate and accuracy. Upon completion, you will:

  • Relate oral fluency to reading comprehension
  • Describe print awareness and other steps in the reading process
  • Acquire new techniques for teaching fluency and improving reading accuracy
  • Define and explain prosody
  • Examine activities and strategies to promote and assess fluency

Each of these short text lessons is accompanied by a brief quiz so that you can reinforce your understanding, while the chapter test measures your overall mastery of the material. Our subject matter experts and highly qualified instructors are available for assistance as needed, and the convenient online platform ensures access to this study guide 24/7/365.

7 Lessons in Chapter 5: Fluency & Reading Development
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Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

1. Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

Oral reading fluency is an important element of reading comprehension. This lesson will explore that connection for teachers seeking to improve oral fluency with their students.

Steps in Learning to Read

2. Steps in Learning to Read

Learning to read is a multifaceted process. This lesson will explore the steps necessary to learn how to read and will end with a short quiz to test what you have learned.

Strategies for Improving Reading Rate & Accuracy

3. Strategies for Improving Reading Rate & Accuracy

In this lesson, we learn to identify a student's current reading rate, level of fluency and mastery, and most importantly, learn the necessary strategies to enhance these skills.

Strategies for Teaching Automaticity & Fluency

4. Strategies for Teaching Automaticity & Fluency

Learn why fluency is important to reading comprehension and what strategies the experts recommend to improve a reader's accuracy, speed, and rhythm. You'll find out the basics of repeated reading and other techniques for teaching fluency.

Prosody: Definition, Elements & Instruction

5. Prosody: Definition, Elements & Instruction

This lesson will introduce prosody and the various elements of it by providing examples from a sample text. We'll also explain some ways to improve prosody.

Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

6. Techniques for Assessing Student Fluency

Fluency is an important component of reading, and to teach it properly, we need to know how to assess it. This lesson gives you strategies for assessing the components of fluency.

Activities that Promote Reading Fluency

7. Activities that Promote Reading Fluency

Learning to read can be a fun and exciting experience for young students. Providing activities that promote reading fluency helps to improve a child's skill.

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