4th Grade - 4th Grade Reading Aloud

Speaking and Listening
4th grade reading aloud
Read narrative and expository text aloud with grade-appropriate fluency and accuracy and with appropriate pacing, intonation, and expression.
The ability to read different types of text fluently and accurately with emphatic diction, which includes clear pronunciation and delivery.

Sample Problems


What does it mean to read fluently? (to read with the appropriate ease and speed, smoothly)


What does it mean to be accurate? (very few or no errors, or mistakes, while reading)


What is pacing? (to read at an appropriate speed, or pace)


What is intonation? (has the proper pitch and loud, clear voice for all to hear)


What is expression (when reading)? (enthusiastic demonstration of emotions, thoughts, and feelings of the characters in or tone of the story or text)

Learning Tips


Get Readers’ Theatre scripts online (Aesops Fables are great - http://www.aesopfables.com/) or make your own. Assign roles and practice theatrical skills of reading loud and clear with expression!


Google® your favorite television show or series. Look for sample (even parts of) scripts. Practice dramatizing the scene like you saw it on television or add your own twist! If you can’t find scripts or want to move on, write your own scripts to act out for fun!


Be a “copycat” – practice emulating, or imitating, someone for five minutes. See if you can copy their diction, expression, intonation, etc. as accurately as possible. See if you can last the entire 5 minutes!


Reread and reread stories you have already read until you master them and can tell parts of them without looking at the text. If you don’t have books available, go to your local library! It is important to be able to read silently and out loud.


Read eBooks online – you can see pictures, hear audio, and sometimes both! A list of various links is at: http://kids.nypl.org/reading/Childrensebooks.cfm

Extra Help Problems


What clues are there in text to help you know how to read expressively? (punctuation, context, keywords, etc.)


How can punctuation help you decipher how to read a sentence? (periods, commas, exclamation points, question marks, quotation marks, etc. all tell you as a reader to do something – stop, pause, someone is talking out loud, etc.)


What do you do when you see commas while reading? (commas signify pauses)


What do you do when you see an exclamation point while reading? (exclamation points show excitement)


What do you do when you see a question mark while reading? (question marks end a question sentence, which should be read with a “lift” in the voice at the end)


How can keywords in dialogue help you figure out how to read a sentence or phrase? (with dialogue, context like “Mom screamed,” VS “Mom whispered,” tells you to read the dialogue very differently)


How can contextual clues help you figure out how to read a sentence or phrase? (for example, knowing the setting changes your intonation and expression – e.g. in a library people are quiet but in a lunchroom at school there is lots of noise to talk over)


What do long vowels sound like? (exactly like how we say the vowels when we recite the alphabet- A,E,I,O,U)


What do short vowels sound like? (some vowel have more than one short sound and sometimes they sound like each other – e.g. short /u/ and short /a/)


What are declarative sentences? (sentences which provide information and end with a period)


What are interrogative sentences? (sentences that ask a question and end with a question mark)


What are exclamatory sentences? (sentences that show strong emotion and end with an exclamation point)


What are imperative sentences? (sentences that give commands or make a request and end with a period)



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