Fluency Boot Camp : Week One, Pace, Your Reading Speed And Reading Rate

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Fluency Boot Camp – Week One, PACE = Your Reading Speed or Reading Rate

This segment of the blog will focus on four primary areas of fluency: Pace, Phrasing, Expression, and Punctuation. Reading Foundational Fluency are areas in reading that are covered in the primary grades 2 through 5.

What is Fluency? Fluency is the ability to read smoothly and automatically, with expression and attention to punctuation. Correspondingly, reading with sufficient accuracy and fluency supports overall reading comprehension.

Back to school reading in the primary grades usually begins in the classroom assessment, and part of a formal reading assessment includes reading fluency. Teachers strive for students to read grade-level texts throughout the year with purpose and understanding. Testing students in reading by using a variety of formal assessments, such as DRA (Developmental Reading Assessment) or PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) provides a little insight into how well students read, but there is usually only one or two reading passages used. Fluency is one area that is extremely important, but seldom practiced because most students read independently to themselves. Together with phrasing, expression and punctuation, pace is can be evaluated by teachers in small group guided reading lessons. Students are given an opportunity to read out-loud in front of their teacher and their peers, but often will not receive daily practice with fluency everyday.

During the first

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