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Listen to Students Read Aloud

The best way to learn about how students read is to listen to them read aloud. This will primarily help you identify students who are still having difficulty at the sound, code or fluency levels. When listening to students read aloud, pay close attention to some key areas:

  • Do students read in a halting, word-by-word or monotone manner or do they read in a fluid, conversational tone, chunking three to 10 words into appropriate phrases and paying attention to the punctuation in the text?
  • Do they frequently stop to sound out words, or do they seem to read the words effortlessly?
  • Do they repeat words or phrases (even when read correctly)?
  • When they read a word incorrectly, do they continue right past it, even when it does not make sense in the text, or do they stop and “fix” their mistake?

To explore this strategy further, see Guided Oral Reading in Implementation Strategies, and utilize the oral fluency rubric to assess reading fluency. 

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