Stop #summerslide: Reading Fluency (Middle School Edition)

Continuing on my quest to stop #summerslide, below are some resources to share with upper elementary, middle school/middle grades students, and even high schoolers.

Reading Fluency Tips (Middle Grades)


Stack of booksGeneral Tips/Thoughts

  • reading fluency includes rate, accuracy, and intonation of reading. These can be worked on separately, or all together
  • almost all kids are helped by previewing what they need to read and re-reading what they have read. Teachers/parents can also give them pronunciations of words they expect to be tricky in advance (cueing)
  • acting/theater can help reading fluency as it relies on repeated readings and stressed intonation, but there are other ways of working on fluency. Thank you, technology!


Technology Tips

  • use TextHelp’s Fluency Tutor to listen to, record, and measure reading fluency. I’m working on a video to help parents and educators set this up, but in the meantime, play around with it at:
  • use audio books as you read:,, and are both great resources
  • use text-to-speech: most ebook readers come with these (Kindle, etc.), and all operating systems come with these (see how-to here); I particularly like iSpeech for Chrome
  • Podcastomatic turns blogs into podcasts, and then you can listen to them on the go
  • watch youtube with closed captioning turned on (see how-to here)
  • record yourself while reading (this can be done on a voice recorder on a phone, or through audio recording on Quicktime, or through the Chrome extension Screencastify (that records your whole screen, so he could make animations or slideshows to narrate!)
  • write a script, then make podcasts (can be informational or like a play) using podomatic, built-in audio recording devices, or Quicktime audio recording

You can also download a 1-page handout of Reading Fluency (Middle Grades Edition)

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