Gain Confidence in English with Oral Reading Fluency Text 23

Oral Reading Fluency 23 – Gain Confidence in English!

Oral Reading Fluency Playlist

0:01 Introduction
0:35 Title
047 What is this reading about?
1:19 Vocabulary Notes
2:51 First Reading: listen
5:03 Second Reading: listen and repeat
9:18 Third Reading: slow reading
12:06 Fourth Reading: natural pace
14:12 Post-reading Thoughts

Practice Text 23 “Write Your Own Story”
Word count: 231
The readings in this series use HIGH FREQUENCY VOCABULARY.
This text uses words from General Service List (GSL) #1-100
Exceptions: perform #933, someone #968, everyone #985, shout #1064, sport #1097, deliver #1172, desk #1198, pencil #1580
Off-list words: baseball, basketball, smart

Vocabulary Profiler:
93.0894% high frequency (#1-1000)
5.6911% high frequency (#1001-2000)
Off-list: baseball, basketball, smart

Gunning Fox Index
5.9 on
6.3 on

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School can seem like a play where someone hands you a part. Many of us wish we could pick another character. Don’t believe me? If you could listen in on our thoughts, you’d know the truth.

“I’m the popular one. Everyone knows when I enter a room. People pay attention to what I wear, what I say, and what I do. But sometimes the attention is too much. I wonder if I’m being the real me.”

“I’m the smart one, the one the teachers love. Everyone expects me to deliver only the best results. I’ve come to expect the same. What if one day I didn’t?”

“I’m the football player, the basketball player, and the baseball player. I don’t remember deciding to make sports my life. It just happened. I have this memory of me planting flowers with my mother. I love sports, but…well, I think, ‘Where did that boy in the garden go?’”

“I’m the quiet one they don’t notice. I think the teachers don’t always see me either. But I observe everything. I store a lot of thoughts in my head. If I stood up on a desk and shouted, would anyone hear me? Would they listen?”

We all play our part. It’s one big performance, but who are we performing for? Can I leave the stage? I’d rather write my own story. Give me a pencil and paper.

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