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The purpose of this assignment is to prepare an annotated introduction for a research paper,

organizing my thesis related to my research topic of interest, supporting subtopics, and paraphrased

information taken from my research sources which I intend to use to support my thesis. This

research paper investigates the topic of fluency development and advances the thesis that fluency

development instruction is an important precursor for reading comprehension and that the current

prevailing paradigm of reading instruction that sacrifices fluency development in favor of exclusive

attention to vocabulary development and reading comprehension does a disservice to struggling

middle school readers whose failure to read fluently negatively affects not only their reading

performance, but academic achievement in all other subjects which rely heavily upon proficient

reading.

Annotated Outline for Fluency and the Middle Grade Reader

I. Introduction
A. Oral reading fluency refers to the ability of a reader to make sense of text correctly,

quickly and with minimal effort, and with appropriate tone and phrasing; these aspects

of fluency are called accuracy, automaticity, and prosody (Paige & Magpuri-Lavell,

2014).
B. Extensive research has shown that oral reading disfluency is correlated with diminished

vocabulary and poor reading comprehension (Hilsmier, Wehby, & Falk, 2016).
C. The middle grades language arts curriculum generally emphasizes instruction in

vocabulary and comprehension and de-emphasizes phonics or fluency instruction,

reasoning that these skills have already been obtained in the elementary grades (Leko,

2015).
D. Students of low socio-economic status and English language learners (ELL) are at

particular risk for being disfluent readers due to vocabulary deficits, lack of exposure to
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print, and diminished intrinsic motivation to read (Parker, Zaslofsky, Burns, Kanive,

Hodgson, Scholin, & Klingbeil, 2015).


E. The majority of students who demonstrate deficiencies in reading performance in the

elementary grades still show the same deficiencies in high school; difficulties in

reading/language arts performance develop into overall diminished academic

performance as learning requires proficient reading (c.f. learn to read vs. read to

learn paradigm); it is, therefore, imperative that teachers of reading in the middle

grades develop effective means of diagnosing and intervening to solve problems with

oral reading fluency (Meisinger, Bloom, & Hynd, 2008; Hilsmier, Wehby, & Falk,

2016).
II. Accuracy
A. Accuracy is an aspect of fluency which refers to the ability of a reader to decode text

without error. Accuracy in phonetic decoding at a rate of less than 90% is considered to

be frustration level and may result in an inability of a reader to make sense of the text

to be read (Parker, Zaslofsky, Burns, Kanive, Hodgson, Scholin, & Klingbeil, 2015).
B. Accuracy depends on a strong basis in phonic awareness (discerning sounds within

spoken words) and phonics (discerning the relationship between sounds and sound

patterns and text) (Vaessen & Blomert, 2010).


C. Increasing accuracy in decoding is a matter of providing students with opportunities to

learn and practice with phonetic patterns in both drill and authentic reading (Kim,

Bryant, Bryant, & Park, 2017).


III. Automaticity
A. Automaticity is an aspect of fluency which refers to the ability of a reader to access a

whole word or word part from their memory in order to read without pausing to struggle

with decoding (Paige & Magpuri-Lavell, 2014).


B. Through repeated exposure to text, readers build up an internal inventory of words of

increasing orthographical complexity; this inventory of sight words (words that do not
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need to be decoded phoneme by phoneme, but are recognized as a whole) enable readers

to read more quickly without sacrificing accuracy (Vaessen & Blomert, 2010).
C. Automatized decoding reduces cognitive load in the reader, freeing working memory to

attend to relationships between words in a sentence rather than within the word itself,

enabling meaning-making (Mikk, 2008).


IV. Prosody
A. The final facet of fluency is prosody, the ability of a reader to read aloud with

meaningful phrasing and intonation (Paige & Magpuri-Lavell, 2014).


B. Reading that is not prosodic is monotone or choppy, which makes text hard to follow

and understand; reading text aloud in a way that approximates natural speech,

conversely, aids in comprehension (Rasinski, Rupley, & Nichols, 2008).


C. There is a performance feedback loop between oral reading fluency and comprehension;

increased fluency leads to improved comprehension, which in turn informs the manner

in which a reader performs the oral reading of a text (Rasinski, Rupley, & Nichols,

2008).
V. Assessment of Fluency and Fluency Development Interventions
A. Accuracy and automaticity of text are generally assessed by means of words correct per

minute (WCPM); curriculum-based measurement (CBM) data collection can be used to

measure the effect of fluency development interventions on reader accuracy and speed

(Ardoin, Christ, Morena, Cormier, & Klingbeil, 2011).


B. Prosody of reading can be measured using a multidimensional rubric like Rasinskis

which assesses pacing, tone, volume, and phrasing; these scores can also be gathered and

analyzed using CBM (cited in Meisinger, Bloom, & Hynd, 2008).


C. Repeated reading is a time-tested and evidence-based intervention useful for developing

fluency; fluency gains have been shown to transfer from a single text to overall reading

performance (Paige & Magpuri-Lavell, 2014).


D. Readers theatre develops all three dimensions of fluency within a meaningful and high-

interest context, inviting readers to develop prosody especially by placing themselves in

the emotional space of characters (Young & Nageldinger, 2014).


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E. Poetry recitation intervention provides struggling readers with a safe place to practice

short texts which emphasize communication of meaning rather than grammatical

structure (Wilfong, 2015).


VI. Conclusion
A. Oral reading disfluency can give rise to overall diminished reading performance, which

has serious consequences for students both within the language arts classroom and in

other content classes which require proficient reading.


B. A middle grades language arts curriculum which delivers vocabulary and comprehension

instruction alone is not sufficient to enable disfluent readers to learn to read proficiently

at grade level.
C. A number of fruitful interventions for developing fluency exist which can be adapted to

serve middle grade students as well as they do elementary developing readers.


D. It is imperative that middle grades language arts and reading teachers educate

themselves on the effects of disfluency and fluency development instruction in order to

give struggling readers their best chance for reading proficiency before frustration and

disaffection with reading reach critical levels in the later middle and secondary grades.
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References

Archer, A.L., Gleason, M.M., & Vachon, V.L. (2003). Decoding and fluency: Foundation skills for
struggling readers. Learning Disability Quarterly, 26, 89-101.

Ardoin, S.P., Christ, T., Morena, L.S., Cormier, D.C., & Klingbeil, D.A. (2013). A systematic
review and summarization of the recommendations and research surrounding curriculum-based
measurement of oral reading fluency (CBM-R) decision rules. Journal of School Psychology,
51(1), 1-18.

Cho, K.W., Altarriba, J., & Popiel, M. (2015). Mental juggling: When does multitasking impair
reading comprehension? The Journal of General Psychology, 142(2), 90-105.

Hilsmier, A.S., Wehby, J.H., Falk, K.B. (2016). Reading fluency interventions for middle school
students with academic and behavioral disabilities. Reading Improvement, 53(2), 53-64.

Kim, M.K., Bryant, D.P., Bryant, B.R., & Park, Y. (2017). A synthesis of interventions for
improving oral reading fluency of elementary students with learning disabilities. Preventing
School Failure: Alternative Education for Children and Youth, 61(2), 116-125.

Leko, M. M. (2015). To adapt or not to adapt: Navigating an implementation conundrum. Teaching


Exceptional Children, 48(2), 80-85.

Meisinger, E.B., Bloom, J.S., & Hynd, G.W. (2008). Reading fluency: implication for the
assessment of children with reading disabilities. Annals of Dyslexia, 60(1), 1-17.

Mikk, J. (2008). Sentence length for revealing the cognitive load reversal effect in text
comprehension. Educational Studies, 34(2), 119-127.

Paige, D.D., & Magpuri-Lavell, T. (2014). Reading fluency in the middle and secondary grades.
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Parker, D.C., Zaslofsky, A.F., Burns, M.K., Kanive, R., Hodgson, J., Scholin, S.E., & Klingbeil, D.
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inventory levels for reading failure risk among second- and third-grade students. Reading &
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Rasinski, T., Rupley, W.H., & Nichols, W.D. (2008). Synergistic phonics and fluency instruction:
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Sala, G., & Gobet, F. (2017). Working memory training in typically developing children: A meta-
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Vaessen, A., & Blomert, L. (2010). Long-term cognitive dynamics of fluent reading development.
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Wilfong, L.G. (2015). Using poetry to improve fluency, comprehension, word recognition, and
attitude toward reading in struggling English language learners. New England Reading
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Young, C., & Nageldinger, J. (2014). Considering the context and texts for fluency: Performance,
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