About Franchesca Warren

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia, and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

 2. What’s the Word? Decoding Skills in Reading by Lori Rice

To teach your students to read you must know where they are.  It is important to understand their current instructional reading level (accuracy and comprehension combined) as well as their fluency level.  If you are unsure how to test your students and gather this data, check out my recent article, “See Jane Read.”   Students below grade level might struggle for three reasons:  fluency (how quickly they read words correctly), decoding (how they attack unknown words), and/or comprehension.  This is the third article in a series about reading instruction.  The second article focuses on how to increase fluency with students.  Students at grade level need meaningful work to practice their reading skills and push their comprehension.  They can, however, struggle with decoding.  If you notice students at grade level often skip words, ask for words, or mispronounce words you will want to check their decoding.  Students above grade level need extension activities and ideas to stretch their comprehension into the upper levels of knowledge.

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To read article number one, click here.

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