Once students have made significant progress with single word decoding, reading fluency practice can be rolled into reading practice with phrase cueing.

HERE is a nice review of reading fluency approaches that includes a discussion of phrased reading.

Phrase scooping or cueing involved the drawing of scoops underneath groups of words that go together in parts of a phrase. Combining scooped words with choral reading or echo reading can help students get practice with both reading and listening for phrases.

Intervention Central has a Phrase Cued Text Generator, but it’s so-so. It’s better to break sentences into 3-6 word phrases to increase the ease of reading. From Steve Peha, check out the example below:

Of course these shorter phrases also help with reading on a phone vs. book as the research shows.

The Florida Center for Reading Research has a nice FLUENCY HANDOUT that includes sample reading passages broken into phrases as well as chaining activities that slowly build up the ability to reading long sentences.

Download and print these fluency practice sheets and more resources HERE. Fluency practice for the next level (roots, affixes) can be found HERE.









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