Fluency Instruction

If you were to look up fluency in the dictionary you would probably find it defined as a smooth, easy flow.  

So what is reading fluency?  Reading fluency is achieved when the reader is able to read text smoothly with an easy flow, accuracy and expression. 

Why is reading fluency so important?  When the reader is able to read text fluently, he or she is able to focus attention on thinking about the meaning of the text that is being read instead of having to focus on difficult words.  If a child isn’t able to understand what he or she is reading, what is the purpose of reading?  Fluency is an extremely important factor in a child’s ability to comprehend what is being read. 

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