Monday, April 1, 2013

Best Practices Weekly: Using American Idol to boost reading fluency

I wanted to share an ingenious idea from Best Practices Weekly. If you don't know about this site, it is a wonderful free site. Every week or so, the author takes some research and presents it in ways that you can immediately use in the classroom.

One of my favorite gems is how to use American Idols to boost fluency rates. The gist of it is that each week you choose a poem. The students practice the poem over the course of the week (choral reading, partner reading, echo reading etc.) On Friday three students are chosen to "perform" with a pretend microphone and use a secret ballot to mark choose the most fluent performer. Everyone gets a certificate of performance!

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