Identifying and Correcting Common Reading Errors

Identifying and Correcting Common Reading Errors

Reading is important. Reading accurately is even more important. Errors matter, and accurately knowing what is and isn’t an error is part of what enables your student to get the best growth out of the Great Leaps Digital Program. We all know that errors are to be corrected immediately but how do we know what to correct?

Here is a quick list of what is an error and what to do for each:

  • My student reads a word incorrectly:

Immediately say the correct word and click it as an error.

  • My student takes more than three seconds to say the word:

Say the correct word and click it as an error.

  • My student skips a word

Say the word they skipped (include a word or two around it) and click it as an error.

  • My student skips a line:

Redirect them and click the first word of the line to mark an error.

  • My student adds a word:

Say the section correctly and click a word before or after the error to mark it.

The following are NOT errors:

  • An accent or dialect is not an error.

For example, saying ‘seester’ instead or ‘sister’ or saying ‘pin’ instead of ‘pen’, depending upon where you are from, are not errors. Model the correct pronunciation but do not mark accents as errors.

  • Sounding out a word is not an error.

As we model the lines smoothly and briskly our students will catch on and smooth out.

  • Incorrect intonation and robot reading.

Again, this is something that we do not mark as an error but instead, we address it in modeling. If a student reads a section with wrong or flat expression model a line or two of that section for them and work on them reading it just the way you do.

  • If a student corrects their own error it does not count as an error.

Accuracy matters when reading - imagine reading a passage with 10% of the words missing from it. Be consistent and those errors will disappear as fluent and accurate reading takes their place! Accurate and fluent reading is a key component in comprehension as well. It is difficult to draw the meaning from separate words.

By Lisa Skisland

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