The reader's theater strategy blends students' desire to perform with their need for oral reading practice. Reader's Theater offers an entertaining and engaging means of improving fluency and enhancing comprehension.
INSTRUCTION: In the activity "Time to Shine" - students select, practice and perform a poem in a performance cafe in front of their class. This enhances reading fluency as it incorporates effective strategies such as modeling, practicing and performing.
INSTRUCTION: The "Just Right" books lesson teaches students to select books that are not too difficult for them, with no more than 5 words per page that they do not know. Students need texts that are within their level so they can develop fluency when reading their books. This is especially effective as it is an easy visual (the fingers and hand) that students can easily recall.
INSTRUCTION: Teaching students different strategies as part of the Fluency component of "CAFE" helps them to break down and identify what fluency is, and what steps and strategies they can use to read more efficiently. This is an excellent activity as it is generally posted somewhere on the classroom so that students can refer back to the strategies and use them throughout the year.
UNDERSTANDING: This article summarizes research findings of the NRP on fluency development. This article is useful as many educators believe that silent reading and round robin are good techniques, but the article demonstrates that more feedback and oral reading is required to develop fluency, and this article can help debunk those myths.