Ch 5: MTEL Foundations of Reading: Comprehension & Fluency

About This Chapter

Study the lessons in this chapter so that you can formulate correct answers to comprehension and fluency questions when you're taking the MTEL Foundations of Reading examination. You may either watch the online videos or read the written transcripts.

MTEL Foundations of Reading: Comprehension and Fluency - Chapter Summary

Develop strategies for improving reading comprehension and fluency. Throughout this chapter, you'll find video lessons that include a corresponding quiz. As you're getting prepared to take the MTEL Foundations of Reading examination, you'll have opportunities to get a better angle on phonics, high-frequency words, prosody and consonant blends. Use this chapter to:

  • Understand the role of phonics and encourage automaticity in word recognition
  • Describe the correlation between oral fluency and reading comprehension
  • Develop activities that aid in reading fluency, increase reading rates, and contribute to the recognition of high-frequency words
  • Outline the elements of prosody
  • Implement strategies for teaching phonics, prosody, reading fluency and sight word automaticity
  • Give an example of a consonant digraph
  • Understand how to impart decoding skills
  • Contrast decoding and encoding

As a way of getting ready to apply your knowledge of literacy strategies during the MTEL Foundations of Reading examination for teacher certification, add this chapter of educational lessons to your store of study resources. Review the animated videos in this chapter, which are between five and ten minutes in length on average. You can study even when you're out and about, because the lessons are presented online and require only a mobile device for access. Don't forget to take the short quizzes, which will determine how much you know about reading comprehension and fluency instruction.

14 Lessons in Chapter 5: MTEL Foundations of Reading: Comprehension & Fluency
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The Role of Phonics & Sight Words in Word Recognition

1. The Role of Phonics & Sight Words in Word Recognition

Teachers of young readers need to have strategies for teaching phonics and sight words in their tool bag. This lesson discusses the role of these two strategies in the development of word recognition and reading development.

Oral Fluency & Its Relationship to Reading Comprehension

2. 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.

Familiarizing Students with High Frequency Words

3. Familiarizing Students with High Frequency Words

Watch this video lesson to learn what you as an educator can do to help students learn to read with confidence. Learn why learning the high frequency words is beneficial, if not crucial, to becoming a competent reader.

Teaching Reading Fluency to Improve Reading Comprehension

4. Teaching Reading Fluency to Improve Reading Comprehension

Fluency is one of the key pillars of good reading instruction. This lesson will give you some ideas about teaching fluency and explain how fluency enhances reading comprehension.

Strategies for Improving Reading Rate & Accuracy

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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.

Promoting & Assessing Sight Word Automaticity

8. Promoting & Assessing Sight Word Automaticity

One of the most important ways to help emergent readers gain in competence and fluency is by promoting their awareness of sight words. In this lesson, learn how to assess students' knowledge of sight words and how to promote development of automaticity.

How to Recognize Consonant Digraphs & Blends

9. How to Recognize Consonant Digraphs & Blends

Have you ever wondered why two letters combine to make one sound? In this lesson, we'll explain consonant digraphs and blends and show you how to recognize them in English language.

Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

10. Teaching Decoding Reading Strategies

Learning how to decode properly is a key aspect of learning to read. This lesson introduces you to some of the fundamentals of teaching children how to decode when reading.

The Connection Between Decoding & Encoding in Language

11. The Connection Between Decoding & Encoding in Language

Young children learning to read and write rely on decoding and encoding skills. This lesson defines both these terms, explains the interplay between the two, and gives examples of what instruction of decoding and encoding look like in a classroom.

Strategies for Improving Students' Reading Fluency

12. Strategies for Improving Students' Reading Fluency

Learning to read includes more than just decoding words. Students need to build fluency to be solid readers. How can teachers help? This lesson outlines several strategies to help students improve fluency in reading.

How to Develop Prosody in Reading

13. How to Develop Prosody in Reading

Prosody is an important part of fluency in reading. This lesson will help you understand more about what prosody is, as well as how to help your students develop it.

Teaching Strategies for Phonics & Sight Words

14. Teaching Strategies for Phonics & Sight Words

Learning about phonics is a crucial aspect of learning to read and write. This lesson offers concrete strategies for teaching phonics and sight words.

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