From Skill to Strategy Access Points for Fluency

Fluency instruction is a critical foundational skill.  We recently had a Twitter chat on #G2Great where (if you missed it click here ) we explored the nuances of what it means to be a fluent reader.  We believe that fluency should be measured by Fountas & Pinnell’s Six Dimensions Fluency Rubric .  We are thinking the best way to teach children to be flexible and supportive of the transfer of fluency work is to put the focus on comprehension, while  attempting to define the work though context.   We will define our context through genre:

Poetry, Informational, Narrative

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Our Plan

  • Pick mentor texts that represent each of the above genres- text that the children are familiar with and understand (Comprehension is key!)
  • Explain that fluent readers adjust their reading according to genre- narrative readers should sound like storytellers, informational readers should sound like expert reporters and poetry readers should have feeling (Set a purpose)
  • Use the mentor text to model how to fluently read each genre (Watch Us)
  • Provide fluency tools that align with each genre (You can do it too).  We used Jennifer Serravallo’s Reading Strategies Book
  • Plan opportunities for active engagement when children are using the tools to practice reading fluently excerpts from the mentor texts (Try it)
  • Promote transfer as the children work independently with tools in hand to practice these strategies (On your own with tools to guide you)

We have a plan, we have a structure, and all that’s left is to put it in the hands of students and sit back and observe.  We think it’s important not to overwhelm students  with a lot of tools – but rather to place the tools strategically so that children can work with greater independence.  

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