PART ONE - Decoding and Fluency

In the following nineteen segments, Dr. Timothy Rasinski explains how oral reading, word study, word making, and other exercises including fluency practice can lead students to interpretive and meaningful reading.

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Introduction

Sharing teacher strategies that have a positive impact on readers.
Watch Video Total running time: 3.75 min.
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Singing is Reading

Engaging students in songs for fluency practice.
Watch Video Total running time: 8.25 min.

Commenting on Choral Reading

Benefits of choral reading and choral singing.
Watch Video Total running time: 2.25 min.

Words and Songs

Using song lyrics to develop vocabulary.
Watch Video Total running time: 4.75 min.

Commenting on Singing

Focusing students on lyrics and creating word walls.
Watch Video Total running time: 2.5 min.

Word Study

Guided work building integrating phonemic awareness and phonics.
Watch Video Total running time: 3.75 min.

Making and Writing Words with Teachers

Step by step through a making and writing words activity.
Watch Video Total running time: 15.75 min.
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Codes for Letter Sounds

Labeling words for certain sounds and spellings.
Watch Video Total running time: 1.75 min.
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Word Ladders

Building words by changing one or two letters.
Watch Video Total running time: 4.25 min.

Summarizing Word Ladders

Similar to crossword puzzles, word ladders engage students.
Watch Video Total running time: 1.25 min.

Customizing Making and Writing Words

Using a website to customize making and writing words.
Watch Video Total running time: 6.25 min.
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Summarizing Making and Writing Words

How these activities can lead to increasingly challenging words.
Watch Video Total running time: 2 min.

Automaticity

Research and the role of automaticity in fluency.
Watch Video Total running time: 10.5 min.
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Word Families

The power of word families and their use in poetry.
Watch Video Total running time: 4.5 min.

Phrase Boundaries

Identifying and practicing the reading of phrases.
Watch Video Total running time: 3.75 min.

NAEP and Other Research

Research linking fluency to comprehension.
Watch Video Total running time: 6.5 min.
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Three Aspects of Fluency

Defining fluency, its prerequisites and its role in comprehension.
Watch Video Total running time: 8 min.

Dibels and WCPM

Good indicators but not intended as teaching methods.
Watch Video Total running time: 3.25 min.
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Interpretive and Meaningful Reading

Accuracy and automaticity connected to phonics and decoding.
Watch Video Total running time: 6 min.
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