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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 (39)

Full Member
Fun to try to pick songs that parents and grandparents would know and sing along with them at home! Tie song in with what was going on in the world at the time the song was written. Connect students with area and culture of where the artist was when they wrote.
Liked the reference to a record or CD and the lyrics on a sheet to take out. Many songs online do not provide the lyrics so students can learn how to find them. Fun!
Great idea expressly for my ELL students. So much vocabulary is introduced in a fun way.
Basic Member
Thank you!
thank you
Basic Member
Great ideas! Music is very engaging and definitely holds students' attention.
Great Suggestions!
Nice work
Full Member
Interesting idea!
Full Member
The idea of using music as a reading strategy is a good one to break the cycle and maybe generate some interest for students who don't like sitting and reading from a book.
Basic Member
I loved the different genre of music.
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