Developing Fluent Readers: Teaching Fluency as a Foundational Skill.pdf
Viewing fluency as a bridge between foundational skills and open-ended learning, this book guides teachers through effective instruction and assessment of fluent reading skills in the primary grades. Fluency's relationship to phonological awareness, phonics, and print concepts is explained, and practical methods are shared for integrating fluency instruction in a literacy curriculum grounded in the Common Core State Standards. Classroom examples, weekly lesson plans, and extensive lists of recommended texts add to the book's utility for teachers.
"An invaluable resource for beginning and experienced teachers. Drawing on rigorous classroom research, Kuhn and Levy offer numerous ideas and strategies for providing young readers with extensive learning opportunities based on principles of effective fluency instruction. Further, they provide important information for assessing reading and making informed decisions on issues such as book selection and individual and group support. This essential book will help K/-2 teachers understand the role of fluency and how to provide meaningful reading instruction that aligns with the CCSS."--Barbara A. Bradley, PhD, Department of Curriculum and Teaching, University of Kansas "As teachers nationwide seek ways to help their students achieve the CCSS, they will find invaluable guidance in this short, comprehensive book on the importance of fluency in the development of reading skills. It is filled with easy-to-use research-based strategies and assessments that will help all students, especially struggling readers, engage with challenging texts. I can't wait to apply these methods in my classroom!"--Kristina Z. Phelan, MA, EdM, reading specialist, Tinton (New Jersey) Falls Public Schools "This is unquestionably the most comprehensive volume to support fluency instruction and improved comprehension! Early primary grade teachers will appreciate the clear explanations and many lesson plans that align essential fluency strategies with the CCSS. Preservice teachers will find this resource an invaluable addition to their coursework and their professional libraries--every essential research-based fluency strategy is included. Teachers will find a great deal of support and ideas for using challenging texts linked to scaffolded instruction, another important way to promote fluency and to make a connection to the CCSS."--Mary Lee Bass, EdD, Department of Speech Pathology, Educational Counseling, and Leadership, Monmouth University "This is a great book that I'm gl
Melanie R. Kuhn, PhD, is Associate Professor of Language and Literacy in the School of Education at Boston University. She began her career teaching in the Boston Public Schools and spent three years as a literacy coordinator at an international school in England. Dr. Kuhn is coauthor or coeditor of two previous books, Fluency in the Classroom and The Hows and Whys of Fluency Instruction. Lorell Levy, EdD, is a learning disabilities teacher/consultant with the West Windsor-Plainsboro School District in New Jersey and a part-time instructor at the Graduate School of Education, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Formerly a special education teacher, Dr. Levy is a recipient of the New Jersey Governor's Teacher Recognition Award.