Graduate project

A handbook for developing reading fluency in early elementary students

Fluency is a critical factor in reading development. Reading fluency is the ability to read with speed, accuracy, and proper expression. Although reading fluency is important, it is often neglected in classroom instruction. This thesis project examined research on this topic in order to find successful strategies that increase the academic achievement of all students. According to the research, fluency is the bridge between word recognition and comprehension. Better reading fluency leads to greater understanding of the text. As a result, this handbook includes research based strategies and activities to help develop fluency in early elementary. Using this handbook would increase reading fluency and student understanding.