Our mini lesson for reading today was about expression. My students seem to have mastered expression when they tell a story so today our focus was on adding expression when they read a story. I told my students about the time when I read Stone Fox to my grade two class and I started to cry – I got so caught up in the expression. I told my students about the time I read Are You My Mother? to my then two-year old and he started to cry when the little bird cries out “I want my mother!”
I tried to emphasize that your expression draws people into what you are saying.
I also wanted to emphasize expression because adding expression will increase students’ understanding as they read.
I have attached our poster Reading with Expression.