12. Assessing reading fluency (timed) – Declan

Calculate Declan’s reading fluency rate as he reads 100 words of The Mystery Trip.

Before you watch the video

  • Read ‘Fluency of reading’ in Developing early literacy: Assessment and teaching, 2nd edn, pages 191–194, to learn how to calculate a reading fluency rate.
  • Look at the book The Mystery Trip (Level 23), which includes an annotation for the 100 word mark on page 6, and print out a transcript of the first 100 words. The Mystery Trip is a Flying Start to Literacy book.

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  • Time how long it takes Declan to read 100 words from The Mystery Trip. Calculate the reading fluency rate.
Videos acknowledgements
Thank you to the children who agreed to help us learn about early reading development and to Helen Bettes, Reading Recovery Tutor.

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