By Jenna Coalson
What is it?
Fluency is the ability to read with automatic word recognition, expression, and meaning.
Fluency is not merely the rate at which a student reads. Teachers report that some of their most fluent readers do not comprehend what they read (Deeney, 2010). That is why comprehension is a critical partner of fluency. Fluent readers recognize words automatically and quickly decode unknown words. However, this is only focusing on rate. If they are not understanding the material, then they are not as fluent as they appear.
Listen to audio version
This recommends allowing the students to listen to an audio version while they read. This will allow them to correctly hear how the words are supposed to be announced and with what expression.
Fluency practice passages
This website gives passages of text that students can work on individually or with assistance to improve fluency.