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Using Music to Engage Reluctant Readers

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It is no secret that repeated readings help to build reading fluency, but reluctant readers often don't want to read a passage the first time, let alone many times! However there is an exception to this - when the reading is paired with singing great songs. Join Emily David as she explores how to use popular music to engage reluctant readers, promote close reading of complex texts, and increase reader fluency. And even better for time-strapped teachers, Emily will share how you can do this all in as little as 5-10 minutes each day!


Status: Available On-Demand
Subject: Other
Last aired on: Wednesday, August 30, 2017 @ 4:00 PM EDT
Duration: 30 minutes
Credit Hours: 0.5
Categories: Reading & Writing
Tags: literacy, music, reading, reading fluency, songs, writing

Reviews (23)

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Love this!!
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I love this idea. With my 6th graders, our fluency seems to always do well, but we sometimes struggle with varying our tone and pitch while reading. I think this would be a great opportunity to strengthen this. We also spend time on figurative language, which can be incorporated here to tag along with fluency. Love that you have some higher level thinking questions that allow for song analysis.
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Great presentation and so helpful!
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I thought it was great. Music is such a big part of my life. I use it often at school. At times to quiet the students, or to help them in other ways. I never thought of using music as a way to help them be more fluent readers. Thank You!
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good information
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It is so true! Students can read songs over and over and it doesn't bother them. It will help them become more fluent readers. Thank you for all the suggestions.
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good info
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Great ideas.
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Great resource, I liked the activities you illustrated to incorporate in the lessons as students sing to the lyrics.
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