This lesson focuses on how punctuation affects reading fluency and comprehension using graphic organizers and sentence stems. Use this lesson as a stand-alone activity or a support for the Punctuation and Prosody lesson plan.
Students will be able to read a grade appropriate fictional text fluently with punctuation using graphic organizers and sentence stems.
Ask students to define punctuation. Write examples on the board and briefly review when each are used. Discuss how each form of punctuation affects the patterns of speaking, such as pauses and voice changes. For example: "When you use a question mark, notice how your voice goes up at the end of the sentence."
Tell students that they'll learn how to use punctuation as clues for reading aloud, and ask if they can tell how your voice changes along with the meaning of the sentence when you read aloud using different punctuation.