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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 (48)

Great topic!
Full Member
Nice webinar! Interesting activities, thanks :)
Thanks for the information!
Basic Member
I have taught students 3rd through 8th grade, and they all responded positively when I used music. The lyrics helped some of them memorize material. Some music was great for brain breaks while others were soothing for them.
Basic Member
Thank you
This was an awesome webinar. I love the ideas of using songs and poems daily to teach fluency. Also, what a fantastic idea about posing a close reading question daily to tie in comprehension/text connections. Thank you!
Basic Member
As a teacher who DJ's for a side gig, I love music and use it in my classroom all the time! Thank you for sharing your awesome ideas!
Music is always a winner! Thank you for your great ideas!
Basic 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!
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