Look for the following skills when your child is reading orally:
Accuracy: pronouncing words and reading sentences correctly.
Pronunciation: saying the words clearly, not mumbled. Some students will need to slow down to accomplish this.
Smoothness: reading by phrases rather than word by word; no pauses unless called by punctuation.
Alertness to punctuation: stopping at a period, pausing at commas. The voice should drop at a period, rise at a question mark, and show excitement in an exclamatory sentence.
Expression: having good voice infection to make a story interesting and realistic.
Comprehension: showing by expression and ability to answer questions a good understanding of the selection being read.
Volume: reading loudly enough to be heard clearly. Posture will help; such as holding the book away from the face and keeping head up.
Speed: reading at a speed that allows accuracy, smoothness, and expression.
Poise: having confidence in reading and speaking before others.
Click here for Oral Reading Rubric to use as criteria for recording progress through the school year.