I’ve published a zillion “Best” lists that are reading-related. I’ve also published quite a few posts on reading fluency, though I’ve never gathered them together.
So, first, I’ll share some of the most useful lists about reading. Then, I’ll share links to my fluency-related posts.
- The Best Websites To Help Beginning Readers
- The Best Websites For Beginning Older Readers
- The Best Websites For Intermediate Readers
- The Best Sites To Teach ELL’s About Libraries
- The Best Places To Read & Write “Choose Your Own Adventure” Stories
- The Best Sites Where ELL’s Can Learn Vocabulary
- The Best Sources For Free & Accessible Printable Books
- The Best Websites For Developing Academic English Skills & Vocabulary
- The Best Sites For Creating Sentence Scrambles
- The Best Sites For Creating Personalized “Newspapers” Online
The Best Collections Of Funny Signs (For Use In English Classes)
My Best Posts On Books: Why They’re Important & How To Help Students Select, Read, Write & Discuss Them
The Best Resources Documenting The Effectiveness of Free Voluntary Reading
The Best Articles & Sites For Teachers & Students To Learn About Phonics
A Beginning List Of The Best Folklore & Myth Sites
The Best Sites For Learning About The Alphabet
The Best Fun Videos About Books & Reading
The Best Resources For World Read Aloud Day
- The Best English-Language News Sites With An “Ethnic” Focus — Help Me Identify More
The Best Resources For World Literacy Day
- The Best Posts & Articles About Why Book “Leveling” Is A Bad Idea
- A Collection Of “Best…” Lists On Vocabulary Development
- The Best Resources On “Close Reading” — Help Me Find More
Now for posts on reading fluency:
Reading Recs is a new feature of the extraordinary site, SAS Curriculum Pathways. It’s a new tool that allows students to orally read and record passages that teachers can listen to at a later time.
Oral Reading Fluency Passage Generator | Copy paste any online text and get line-by-line word count! http://t.co/M7T0pkOoNm
— Jim Bentley (@Curiosity_Films) September 11, 2015
Dade Schools in Florida have created a massive collection of fluency tools for Ss. http://t.co/bIGvHcYwSV
— Jim Bentley (@Curiosity_Films) September 10, 2015
Fluency Instruction: Building Bridges from Decoding to Comprehension is another useful post from Russ on Reading.
Using CBMs for Quick Assessment of Progress in English Language Development is a useful article by Rita Platt and John Wolfe about fluency assessments for ELLs.
ELLs and Reading Fluency in English is from Colorin Colorado.
From 8 to 80 in Two Years: How Fluency Drives Students Toward Comprehension is from Teach Learn Grow.
Fast Talkers: Are Kids Getting the Right Message About Good Reading? is from Teach Learn Grow.
Prosody as a factor in reading comprehension (open) https://t.co/4M4Hy2oqIz
— Daniel Willingham (@DTWillingham) January 18, 2018
When Readers Struggle: Fluency is from Russ On Reading.
Making Decisions about Which Intervention is Best: A Case Study is by Timothy Shanahan.
Reading Fluently Does Not Mean Reading Fast is from The International Literacy Association.
8 variations on repeated reading for fluency help keep students engaged is from Education Research.
ORF! Reading Growth Is about More Than Speed is by Rita Platt.
Should We Be Using Words Correct Per Minute? is from Timothy Shanahan.
Clearing Up a Couple Important Misunderstandings about Fluency is by Timothy Shanahan.
Slides and ladders: The importance of fluency with older readers during COVID-19 is from Teach Learn Grow.
— Carolyn Guthrie (@k3litcarolyn) October 7, 2020
My Middle School Requires Fluency Instruction: Help! is from Timothy Shanahan.
Reading Progress + ReadWorks in Microsoft Teams = Awesome! is from Richard Byrne.
Readlee is a new tool that uses Artificial Intelligence to help teachers and students measure reading fluency. You can read all about it at Richard Byrne’s blog. As I’ve said before about other online tools (to be fair, though, that don’t have near the capabilities of Readlee), I am wary of measuring fluency this way because having students reading directly in front of me not only gives me a more accurate sense of the reading (at least, I think it does), but it’s also a great opportunity right before and afterwards for conversation and relationship-building. I do think these kinds of online tools, though, can be good ways for students to do self-assessment by recording themselves reading the same text at various times of the year and hearing for themselves their progress. If Readlee had also used their Artificial Intelligence component to give students immediate feedback on pronunciation, now that would make for an entirely different story, and I would be singing a different tune about it. But, they don’t have that feature. Too bad.
Supporting fluency and comprehension using practices grounded in the science of reading is from Teach Learn Grow.
How to Provide Effective Reading Instruction is a new report by Timothy Shanahan and published by The World Bank.
Repeated reading is not the only option for building fluency. Reading lots of texts only once, often w/ an adult or peer listening, correcting, defining words, &/or asking comprehension ?s, also has pos effects on fluency & comprehension in a # of studies. https://t.co/2zy2ETq0g8
— Nell K. Duke (@nellkduke) February 4, 2023
New Reading Tools to the Rescue From Google and Microsoft is from TechNotes.
Can we really teach prosody and why would we want to? is by Timothy Shanahan.