Fluency Instruction
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The oral reading of text, both accurately and quickly, using correct expression is the goal of fluency instruction.  Fluency instruction is the most often overlooked instructional component even though research has identified a close relationship between fluency and reading comprehension.  Automaticity, or rapid, effortless word recognition, must be achieved before students can become fluent readers.  The speech capabilities of multimedia technologies provide scaffolding and support to students struggling with automaticity and fluency.  Teachers can guide students in creating self-running hypermedia presentations, using the timing features of software such as PowerPoint, to practice personalized sets of words in which students are lacking automaticity.  Once automaticity has been achieved, the focus of instruction should shift to building fluency.  Through listening to good models of fluent reading, students come to understand how tone and expression can help written text make sense.  Both choral and repeated oral reading has been shown to substantially improve fluency.  A growing number of websites provide audio files to accompany online books.  Students can read the text as they listen to a fluent reader.  This technology supports both repeated and choral reading. 


Reader's Theater Websites

Reader's Theatre Overview
http://bms.westport.k12.ct.us/mccormick/rt/RTHOME.htm

Aaron Shepard's Readers Theater Scripts

http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/index.html
Fiction Teachers Classroom Theater
http://www.fictionteachers.com/classroomtheater/theater.html
Reader's Theatre for Children with Teacher's Guide
http://loiswalker.com/catalog/guidesamples.html
Monthly Script for Readerís Theatre
http://www.lisablau.com/archives.html
Reader's Theater Scripts and Plays for the Classroom
http://www.teachingheart.net/readerstheater.htm
Scripts from the Reading Lady
http://www.readinglady.com/Readers_Theater/Scripts/scripts.html

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Books Online

Book-Pop Books
http://www.bookpop.com/flutterbyechooserflash.html
Candlelight Stories
http://www.candlelightstories.com/eBooksMem100.asp
PBS Stories
http://pbskids.org/lions/stories.html
Oobstories
http://oobistories.com/
Read On Audio Stories
http://www.beenleigss.eq.edu.au/requested_sites/audiostories/index.html
MP3 Books
http://www.free-books.org/

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Contact: Diana Dell, Ed.S. (ddell@vp.k12.mo.us )