Guided Reading Level D, Grade Level Equivalent 1.1. Use this book to teach fluency in reading. Introduce unfamiliar or difficult words that students will come across in the text, including sight words. Help students decode the words. Review them several times to aid recognition and boost fluency.
Review reading techniques that promote fluency, such as reading from left to right, “smooshing” words together to sound like talking, and crossing the page with a steady, sweeping eye movement.
To develop fluency, a student must practice reading text at his or her independent reading level - the level at which he or she is able to accurately decode 96 to 100 percent of the words in a given text. This level varies for every student. By assessing each student’s reading level up front, you will be prepared to select appropriate texts and ensure that your students get a lot of practice reading at a level at which they achieve success
Read aloud to students from text that is above their independent reading level, exposing them to new and more difficult words and concepts without the pressure of having to decode.
Give room to grow. To help a student advance in fluency, present text at his or her instructional level. This text can be read with 90 to 95 percent accuracy. With a little help, the student can get almost all the words right.