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Ch 7: MTEL Reading Specialist: Reading Fluency

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Use this chapter to refresh your knowledge of many facets of reading fluency, including contributing factors and strategies for teaching this skill. Reviewing these lessons will help prepare you for pertinent questions on the MTEL Reading Specialist exam by enabling you to study this topic in detail.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Reading Fluency - Chapter Summary

This chapter features lessons that describe important terminology, steps, and strategies related to the concept of reading fluency to help you prepare for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam. Topics detailed in these lessons include the following:

  • Oral fluency and reading fluency
  • Phonics and sight words
  • High frequency words
  • Reading comprehension
  • Reading rate, accuracy, automaticity, and fluency
  • Prosody and how to develop it
  • Sight word automaticity
  • Consonant digraphs
  • Strategies for decoding reading
  • Encoding and decoding
  • Teaching phonics

This chapter utilizes short video lessons that are led by expert instructors. As you view the lessons, you may also read the full transcripts which will provide another means of reviewing this information. When you finish the lessons, take the corresponding quizzes which will help you determine how well you comprehend the content covered.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Reading Fluency - Chapter Objectives

The MTEL Reading Specialist exam is meant to test your knowledge of information a reading specialist should know and is a critical step in attaining your license in this field. You will be tested on teaching reading, reading fluency, its importance, and many other aspects of reading. The exam consists of multiple-choice and open-response questions on topics spanning five categories, including the category of reading development and processes, which encompasses 32% of the exam.

The lessons of this chapter relate to two of the objectives found within this subarea, including demonstrating an understanding of strategies for comprehending literary texts and content-area texts. Reading fluency is an integral part of grasping the purpose and content of texts. Using these video lessons and self-assessment quizzes will help you refresh your understanding of reading fluency in anticipation of this exam.

15 Lessons in Chapter 7: MTEL Reading Specialist: Reading Fluency
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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.

The Role of Phonics & Sight Words in Word Recognition

2. 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.

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.

Factors That Influence Reading Fluency

4. Factors That Influence Reading Fluency

Many things go into making a good reader, from word recognition to fluency. How does fluency factor in? This lesson defines and outlines the components of a fluent reader and shows how fluency changes in different situations.

Teaching Reading Fluency to Improve Reading Comprehension

5. 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

6. 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

7. 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

8. 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

9. 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

10. 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

11. 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

12. 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

13. 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

14. 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

15. 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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