The positive connection between poetry and reading fluency in kindergarten through sixth grade classrooms

Reading fluency is a vital and important element in the reading process and a critical aspect for the reading development and achievement for students. The purpose of this thesis project was to explore the effects of using the repeated reading strategy to develop fluency in grades kindergarten through six grades classroom. A proficient reader not only demonstrates easy word recognition but also indicates that the reader comprehends the text. This is articulated by the reader’s ability to interpret the text variations in expression, intonation, “prosody” or proper phrasing and rhythm. Often classroom instruction has focused on phonics and overlooks the fluency piece in the lesson plan. With effective fluency instruction and practice using a repeated reading strategy, students would succeed and become proficient readers.