LEARNING OUT LOUD exercises were created by Jo Ann Zimmerman, a Language Arts teacher and Reading Specialist. Over the years, she noticed that the number of students in her middle school classes who struggled with reading on grade level was steadily increasing. Not only did these students have difficulty with comprehension, they also read slowly and haltingly when asked to read aloud. Often they ignored punctuation, substituted one word for another, and read with little, if any, expression. In other words, they were not fluent readers. So she looked for ways to help these students, only to find few if any fluency resources for older readers.
The real problem most teachers have with teaching fluency is where to find time for it. Most oral reading programs use generic passages that are disconnected from other language instruction, and many are geared toward younger readers, besides. LEARNING OUT LOUD exercises, conversely, fit right into your existing grade 4-8 novel units because they are taken directly from the books your students are already reading. There is no need to cram fluency practice into an already full day. What's more, they reinforce reading comprehension for students who need it most.
In addition to oral reading practice, LEARNING OUT LOUD exercises assess comprehension with multiple choice and short answer questions for which there are answer keys at the back of the guide. So...start them LEARNING OUT LOUD today!