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Old 10-27-2016, 06:36 AM
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Leave several books from previous sessions on the table in a basket. Once they finish the new book, they have the option to reread it or reread something else. Everyone must be reading the whole time. You can talk to them about how rereading is great for understanding new things about a book and great for working on your fluency so you read like you're talking. Do some fluency work with all of them to get them reading in a phrased way so they can practice it. It's not so much about speed as it is about intonation and phrasing that carry the meaning of the text:

The. dog. ran. into. the. big. empty. yard. and. tore. it. up.

The dog ran -- into the big empty yard -- and tore it up!

The dog RAN into the big empty yard and TORE IT UP!!

This will both speed up your slow readers and give your faster ones something to work on within the text. Call it 'adding flavor' and talk about the plain, boring, word-by-word reading you eat when it's the only thing around and you're starving, the kind of sweet reading in chunks that is a snack but doesn't really fill you up, and the super spicy reading with lots of flavor to make you always want more. Put it on a chart and have them rate their own reading - Boring (word by word, voice stays flat), sweet (some words together but not all, some change in your voice), or spicy (words grouped together, voice goes up and down)?

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