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The Fluent Reader (2nd Edition): Oral & Silent Reading Strategies for Building Fluency, Word Recognition & Comprehension 2 Pap/DVD Edition

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About the Author

Timothy Rasinski is a Professor of Education in the Reading and Writing Center at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. Tim has written over 150 articles and has edited and/or authored over 12 books on reading education.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 6 - 13 years
  • Grade Level: 1 - 8
  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Teaching Resources (Theory an; 2 Pap/DVD edition (June 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545108365
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545108362
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 7.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,468 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By marigold TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 15, 2011
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As an educator and Educational Therapist, I have been searching for books to help with students' fluency. There are many out there, but none can compare with this book. It is written as if a trusted friend and colleague was giving you personal advice for particular students. I have found this book incredibly useful, generous in the "extras" it provides, and very encouraging to the teacher, the educational therapist, the parent, and the student. There is no question I had, no method I wondered about, that was not thoroughly and clearly explained in this book. If you buy ONE book on fluency, let this be it.
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I'm a Title 1 reading intervention teacher who is lucky enough to have a school that provides me with intervention programs to use with my struggling readers. However, programs are not a cure-all and I have some students who read in a staccato, word-by-word manner in third grade and the fluency part of the program we are using with them will not help them break out of that habit. I'd also like to see the fluency scores improve for all of my students.

I have read What Really Matters in Fluency by Richard Allington, and although I learned a lot (and recommend it), I felt that The Fluent Reader gave me more in the way of specific lessons to implement in a step-by-step manner for my classroom. I used small post-its to mark parts of the book that I need to refer back to, and after I was done reading it, I wrote headings on them and now they are tabs to easily find what I need until I get used to the lessons.

I have a colleague who went to a lecture given my Tim Rasinski last year and was impressed by his lecture, his fluency knowledge, and his research to back that knowledge. It was her enthusiasm about the experience that inspired me to buy the book and now implement his ideas into my curriculum. I'm excited about helping my students achieve fluency success, since that is the only thing holding some of them back. I will be introducing the new lessons beginning this week with some of my groups--I will try to update once I have been using them for awhile to see how it is affecting my students' fluency scores.

**Edit 3/22/14
I have now used his poetry lesson suggestions for a number of weeks, and I have seen improvements with almost all of my students. One mother said this is the first time she has heard her son (3rd grade this year) read in a fluent way.
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I ordered this for a class I am in. It is an easy read that is very well organized, and provides lots of activities and strategies for teaching fluent reading. They range from simple to fairly complex (in terms of logistics), but he provides easy to follow, step by step instructions on how to use them and what their benefits are. It is a great reference guide for later use.

I ordered it using amazon's student account which provides free 2 day shipping to students. It was sent out first thing the day after I placed the order and arrived within 2 days.
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This book will be very helpful this coming school year. I already know that I have struggling reading coming to me and this book is helping me plan for making them successful readers.
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I liked the helpful CD included. Oral book reading is very good for the beginning reader. This book is great for the parent teaching the child.
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This book is a great read for classroom teachers. This book is an excellent resource for promote reading fluency in the classroom.
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