Reading First in Virginia: Fluency | Bibliography

pix Barchers, S.I. (1993). Readers' theatre for beginning readers. Westport, CT: Teacher Ideas Press.

This book provides more than 20 folktales and fables that have been evaluated and leveled for grades 1-4. A creative approach to fluency activities and repeated readings, the text supplies reproducible scripts and prop suggestions. Throughout the scripts, open space is provided for teacher notes and character designation. The folktales and fables are from around the world and range from familiar stories to repetitive rhymes.

pix Bauer, C.F. (1987). Presenting Reader's Theater: Plays and poems to read aloud. New York: H.W. Wilson.

Caroline Feller provides a compilation of plays and scripts that can be utilized during large group or small group instruction of Reader's Theatre. Reader's Theatre focuses on oral reading as an effective fluency activity. The author suggests possible presentation strategies, warm up exercises, and lists the plays and scripts by group size.

pix Opitz, M., & Rasinski, T. (1998). Good-bye round robin: 25 effective oral reading strategies. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

This research-based book offers teachers an alternative to traditional round robin reading. Each of the oral reading activities is easy to locate, and the authors provide an appropriate grade level, teaching and literature suggestions, and ideas for extending the activities. Separate chapters provide information on oral reading as an assessment tool, teaching struggling readers, and working with parents. This book can be used with all types of readers and with a whole class, small group, or one-on-one.

pix Rasinski, T.V. (2003). The fluent reader: Oral reading strategies for building word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. New York: Scholastic Professional Books

This book focuses on both whole group and small group instruction and may be used with all levels of readers. It consists of oral reading strategies for building word recognition, fluency, and comprehension. Each chapter is detailed with specific examples, possible timing for activities, suggestions for atmosphere, displays of actual children's work, and follow up activities to further instruction. Timothy Rasinski offers suggestions for implementation as well as benefits of utilizing specific oral reading strategies.

pix Sloyer, S. (2003). From the page to the stage: The educator's complete guide to Readers. Theatre. Westport, CT: Teacher Ideas Press.

This step-by-step book guides teachers through the process of setting up and conducting reader's theater that is based on NCTE and IRA standards. It provides specific suggestions for selecting, analyzing, adapting, and performing reader's theater, a model reader's theater program, and also includes a number of sample scripts. Not for beginning readers, this readers theater program is great for teachers who want to give it a try.

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