Literacy - Building a Strong Reader

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Reading vocabulary:  words that readers need to know the meaning of to understand the text read.

Comprehension:  being able to create meaning from what is being read.

Fluent reading:  ability to read the correct words with a good rate of speed and can change tone of voice or emotion of voice to match the meaning of the text. 

Appropriate phrasing of words:  being able to read several words at a time instead of word by word with pauses between each word.

Dialogue:  when characters in a story talk to one another.  Fluent readers will change their voices to match the voice of each character.

Punctuation:  the marks (such as periods and commas) in a piece of writing that make its meaning clear and that separate it into sentences and clauses.