Introductory Challenge

This unit describes methods of having students practice oral reading to improve their fluency and comprehension. In earlier units, we’ve talked about comprehension quite a bit, but we haven’t said much about fluency, which is tied closely to comprehension. Reading “fluently” or “with fluency” is sometimes used as a way of describing how fast someone reads. But fluency is not just about reading speed, or reading rate. In fact, reading at a fast rate isn’t always desirable. Actors who read all of their lines in a script at a fast rate would never get a job. Reading aloud is like acting. The reader should convey the meaning of the sentence by reading it at the right pace, by pronouncing the words correctly, and by reading with expression. As you work through this unit on oral reading, think about the things that actors and good readers pay attention to such as  how and why they change their pace in sentences in order to read them fluently.