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Read Naturally is a supplemental reading program designed to enable students to improve reading fluency and comprehension.  Students work in the lab daily for twenty minutes.

Students who read fluently read smoothly and easily, without pausing to figure out words.  These students identify words automatically.  As a result, they can focus on meaning rather than word recognition when they read.  As a rule, fluent readers comprehend better than non-fluent readers.  Consequently, improving reading fluency is important for developing readers.

Read Naturally is a research-based program that enables students to become fluent readers.  It has three components:  teacher modeling, repeated reading, and progress monitoring.  It is based on several research-founded theories including:

  • Students become good readers by reading.
  • Reading along with a more proficient reader improves word recognition and reading fluency.
  • Reading a passage several times improves fluency.
  • Self-monitoring of progress improves reading achievement.

While working with the Read Naturally program, students select interesting, non-fiction passages at reading levels best suited for their development.  Students read the passages while listening to a tape recording of the passage and then practice the passage several times until able to read it at a predetermined goal rate.  Questions are answered and passages are retold to check comprehension.  Students monitor their own progress by keeping a chart of timed readings before and after practicing each passage.  Comprehension and retelling charts are also maintained by students.

As the students' reading improves, they are given more difficult passages to read and higher goal rates to achieve.

Students are recommended for the Fluency Lab by their classroom teachers.