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Read with Expression!

Knowing how to identify types of sentences and read each kind with expression is an important component of reading fluency. This EL support lesson can be taught on its own or used as precursor to the lesson Fourth Grade Fluency Fun!
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fourth Grade Fluency Fun! lesson plan.
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This lesson can be used as a pre-lesson for the Fourth Grade Fluency Fun! lesson plan.



Students will be able to increase their reading fluency through multiple readings and peer review.


Students will be able to read aloud expressively with various sentence types using a reader's theater activity and strategic student grouping.


(2 minutes)
Reader’s Theater: My Special ValentineReader’s Theater: The Snowman’s Day to PlayWrite Student-Facing Language Objectives ReferenceTeach Background Knowledge TemplateGraphic Organizer Template: Vocabulary Instruction ChartThe Four Types of SentencesVocabulary Cards: Read with Expression!Glossary: Read with Expression!
  • Use a piece of text your students are familiar with and read aloud a page or a paragraph twice—once in a monotonous voice, without varied intonation or expression, and once with dynamic intonation.
  • Ask students to observe and listen as you read. Have them turn to a partner to share the differences they observed in the two readings (e.g., the first reading sounded boring or not interesting while the second reading sounded better). Note: At this point, it is acceptable for students to not know the key terms to describe the second more expressive reading. Accept all students' answers.