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Fifty research-based literacy strategies designed for busy K-8 classroom teachersOrganized around 10 key areas for teaching and learning literacy—phonemic awareness, phonics, reading fluency, vocabulary, story comprehension, comprehension of informational text, questioning for understanding, discussion for understanding, narrative writing, and writing to learn-Promoting Literacy Development offers 50 clearly written, step-by-step strategies for developing proficient readers and writers. The authors also include suggestions for differentiating instruction for English language learners and for students with special needs.
Strategy 14: Radio Reading
Speaking Briefly: An Overview of the Literacy Strategy
The Radio Reading strategy is a simple instructional tool used by teachers for developing reading fluency, and its effectiveness has been supported by research (Samuels, 2006). Simply stated, students become radio announcers by reading to their peers, who serve as their audience. Like real radio announcers, students must hold their audience's interest by their fluent reading; therefore, Radio Reading promotes authentic purposes for reading to a real audience. This goal compels students to practice reading their parts through repeated reading of texts. During their oral reading, students focus on meaning and components of fluency that will help communicate their message—word accuracy, reading rate, as well as using an appropriate tone, phrasing, and expression during reading.