kimskorner4teachertalk.com

  SafeSurf Rated All Ages   This site is has been rated by WebRatings.Org

SENTENCE FLUENCY READ-ALOUD CHECKLIST

The best way to evaluate sentence fluency in a writing piece, is to listen to it read aloud.  As it is read aloud, ask the following questions.

  1. Does the reader have any areas where he runs out of breath?  If so, look at those areas for possible run-on sentences.

  2. Do any areas of the reading sound short and choppy?  If so, check those areas for fragments and an overuse of simple sentences.  Combine some of the sentences.

  3. Are there any fragments, or incomplete thoughts?  If so, do they add to the message?  If not, rewrite the fragments so that they are complete sentences.

  4. Do several sentences begin in the same way?  If so, rewrite the sentences so that they have different beginnings.

  5. Do several sentences sound the same?  If so, rework some of the sentence structures.

  6. Do the sentences all seem to be of the same length?  If so, rewrite some of the sentences to add variety in the length.

  7. Does the reader get lost and have to backtrack in any areas?  If so, look at how the sentences are connected to each other. Rewrite them so that their relationship is more clear.

  8. Does it sound like the way a person would normally speak?  If not, rewrite the sentences to sound the way a person would talk.

  9. Do any areas of the reading sound effortless, flowing, and rhythmic?   If so, these areas contain good sentence fluency.   

  10. Do any areas invite expressive, oral reading?  If so, they contain good sentence fluency.

 

 

 

Home Up Site Map Search What's New Printing Tips Classroom Management Writing Grammar Reading & Literature Bookstore Kim's Favorites Kim's Kreations Feedback Awards

Send me an email message.

kimskorner4teachertalk.com

This site last updated 14 November 2007.

External links last verified 2 September 2007.

All material at this site copyright 1997-2007, Kimberly Steele, unless otherwise noted or credited.
Links to pages at other sites are labeled as such.

You may print and reproduce materials from KIM'S KORNER FOR TEACHER TALK
for personal and educational purposes only.  If you share materials with 
other teachers, please include the URL and give appropriate credit.

Feel free to link to KIM'S KORNER FOR TEACHER TALK
as long as you explain that the link is to this site, just as I have done for links to other sites. 
Please do not copy my material onto your own website; that's stealing.  Use a link to my site instead.