When most teachers hear the term fluency
they most often think of oral reading fluency at the passage level. However, 95 Percent Group believes that it is best to develop fluency at the lower subskills all the way along. For example, students need to develop fluency at the level of letter-sound correspondences, blending words, reading phrases, reading sentences, and then reading passages. As an example of this, in 95 Percent Group’s phonics intervention program (Phonics Lesson Library©
) there are steps in the lesson where students practice reading words that contain the target skill whereby they read words in a grid and are timed for a minute. After mastering at the word level they progress to the phrase, sentence, and then passage level.
Download an example of a table containing this progression in fluency practice.