Share

Acting Out Your Fluency

  • by Kelly Harmon & Randi Anderson
  • Jan. 11, 2019, 1:43 p.m.

Fluency is so much more than simply how fast you call words. Fluent readers read with expression, phrasing, and accuracy, demonstrating comprehension. Further, proficient readers adjust their reading rate to match the author's purpose. Fluency research tells us that how we read aloud is an indicator of how we read silently.


Reader's theater is a great strategy for practicing fluency and comprehension skills. Easily implemented, this powerful strategy engages learners in purposeful reading and rereading.

Students practice a script until they are ready to perform. The performance creates a platform for demonstrating understanding and receiving feedback. Click here to download a free fluency rubric you and your students can use to set goals and give feedback on fluent reading habits.


When executed purposefully, students gain as much as a year's growth in comprehension in as few as ten weeks! This strategy is easily integrated into math class to help students understand word problems and in other content areas to process new facts and key concepts. 


Join Kelly on Saturday, January 19th to discuss how to set up and manage this fun strategy in your own class room. In this session, you'll get step-by-step guidance for implementing the best ten-minutes-a-day activity!





Kelly Harmon and Randi Anderson

About The Authors

Kelly Harmon & Associates began in 2001 with a mission of instructional coaching and providing rich literacy resources for educators and parents. Our work incorporates research-based best practices for teaching and learning.

Learn More »