Oral Reading Fluency 21 – “If Only Walls Could Talk” – English Vocabulary & Pronunciation

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Oral Reading Fluency 21 – "If Only Walls Could Talk" – English Vocabulary & Pronunciation

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Practice Text 21 “If Only Walls Could Talk”
Word count: 95
The readings in this series use HIGH FREQUENCY VOCABULARY.
This text uses words from General Service List (GSL) #1-575
http://jbauman.com/gsl.html
Exceptions: window (#632) and secret (#944)

INDEX:
0:01 Topic
0:41 Title
0:52 Vocabulary Note
2:07 First Reading: listen
3:05 Second Reading: listen and repeat
5:11 Third Reading: slow reading
6:31 Fourth Reading: natural pace
7:30 Post-reading Thoughts

Vocabulary Profiler:
95.7895% high frequency (#1-1000)
4.2105% high frequency (#1001-2000)
http://www4.caes.hku.hk/vocabulary/profile.htm

Gunning Fox Index
6.723 on http://gunning-fog-index.com/
6.4 on https://readability-score.com/

TEACHERS:
Link to related blog post.
https://englishwithjennifer.wordpress.com/2014/02/20/finding-fluency-through-oral-reading/

You can use the practice text for a dictation, a gapped text, or other form of classroom practice. For your convenience, here is the text you can copy and paste into a Word document.

TEXT:
The house had stood for more than a century, and there wasn’t anything modern about it. Old was only one word to describe the place. Among the local people, the house was the subject of much talk…and wonder.

Years ago the farm served a family well. One couldn’t pass the property without noting its beauty.

Then one day the entire family was gone, yet many things remained. It was so sudden that the whole situation raised questions.

The house had fallen quiet. Its dark windows held secrets. If only walls could talk.

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