The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with reading fluency practice. Specifically, they are taught to read accurately and to use fix-up strategies if they encounter an unknown word.
Explicit instruction in reading fluency is important for two reasons. First, research suggests that explicit instruction provides students with both the ability and motivation to use reading skills and strategies independently. Second, research also suggests that fluency is a key component of reading comprehension. Reading fluency is the ability to read quickly, accurately and with expression. The more fluent readers are, the more they automatically recognize and group words. Reading fluency is important because it provides a bridge between word recognition and reading comprehension. Since fluent readers don’t have to concentrate on decoding the actual words, they can focus their attention on what the text means. They can make mental connections throughout the text, as well as apply those connections to their personal backgrounds and experiences. Fluent readers recognize the words and comprehend their overall meaning at the same time.