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Reading fluency is a problem for many young people in many middle school classrooms. Strategies and patterns of thought are useful tools for students who experience difficulty in reading. I’ve undertaken to provide daily lessons in using such tools by having students apply each lesson to the same piece of text. I’ve taken one of my Joaquin stories, serialized it and made a week’s lessons for each part. The segments of text are 450 to 550 words in length and contain (hopefully) an interesting bit of the story. The activities include vocabulary development on Monday, prediction on Tuesday, literal comprehension on Wednesday, reciprocal teaching inference on Thursday, a post test and synthesis questions on Friday. Gold 1 is the first weekly bundle. This is number 3. I hope you’ll find that students’ comfort and familiarity with the characters will carry over into the subsequent weekly bundles. For those interested, I’ll post breakout activities to accompany the basic bundles.
P.S. This isn't going to make me any money, but you also might use this one unit as pre-reading for the story and then turn your kids loose on the complete text. It's here on TPT for free, as is my old unit for it: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Joaquins-Gold-story-text-for-short-story-unit-1212090
P.P.S. More and More Monsters is my stand alone unit for reading fluency. The story (just short of 800 words, Fleisch reading ease score of 89.5) and a weeks worth of activities are here: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Reading-fluency-for-middle-graders-More-and-More-Monsters-4055351
P.P.P.S. I have another "Joaquin" story on TPT. "Navidad" is free, too, and I encourage you to give it a peek. Here's the link: https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Navidad-short-story-text-2845796