accuracy, speed and expression
Written by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 11-11-2014
Does it matter how quickly you read? Are slower readers at a disadvantage when compared to faster readers? The answer to both questions is YES!
There has been a great deal of research in recent years looking into the importance of what we call fluency. One important finding of these studies is that people who have to put a lot of effort into figuring out what the words are often have difficulty understanding what those words mean. In short, we must learn to read quickly, accurately and with expression.
The good news is that problems with reading fluency can be improved. If you read slowly, it is worth the time and effort it takes to improve in this area.
HOW FAST SHOULD I READ?
The following table can be used to assess reading speed and set goals for improvement:
The data was mostly drawn from this article.
HOW TO IMPROVE
The goal is to develop instant recognition of as many words as possible. There are lots of ways to work on improvement in this area.
Practice a short passage over and over again and chart your reading speed over time.
Complete directions and a printable
Flashcards for your hard words
While you read, make a note of any words that you struggle with. Write them neatly on small cards and practice reading all of your cards often. You want to make it automatic.
the academy of reading
THRIVE students have access to the Academy of Reading. Many of the activities in this program can help you to improve your reading speed.
It is best to do a little of this work every day. Put your BEST effort into it!
work from a list of sight words
Many struggling readers have real difficulty with short words such as the, of, two and laugh. Daily practice that builds mastery of these common words can be very effective.
As a form of direct instruction, Glass Analysis for Decoding Only teaches word families and patterns in a multisensory way.