Reading with fluency is the ability to recognize words automatically and without effort, and reading text quickly, accurately and with expression (PRF, p. 19). Fluent readers are able to make sense of what they read, and therefore reading fluency is very important for the development of reading comprehension.
UNDERSTANDING Chapter 9 provides an excellent description of the importance of teaching students the writing processes and strategies to implement them. It specifically discusses "Writer's Workshop" and how to implement it into the classroom.
INSTRUCTION: This activity utilizes echo reading, where the teacher models expressive, fluent reading to their students, and students repeat the same sentence back. This activity is great for building fluency as students are able to hear what fluent reading sounds like, as well as practice reading with accuracy, speed and expression.
INSTRUCTION: In this activity, students read Bob Books (predictable or decodable books) elbow to elbow and knee to knee with a partner. This activity is effective as practicing reading appropriate levelled books builds reading fluency. As well, it is motivating as there is a purpose behind reading aloud: reading to a friend!