Reading Orally (1-2)


Many young students are hesitant to read aloud for a variety of reasons.  They may be concerned about pronouncing words correctly, reading too fast or too slow, or using the correct emphasis with certain words or phrases.  The lesson includes tips to help students overcome their hesitancy to orally read grade-level stories and other similar text.  Teachers should use current reading content or favorite books of students to give them practice reading aloud.

Reading Orally (1-2) Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Reading Orally for first and second graders
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Reading Orally
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-2 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

*Note: These lessons are PDF downloads. You will be directed to the download once you checkout. Clarendon Learning resources are FREE, we rely 100% on donations to operate our site. Thank you for your support!


The lesson offers tips and strategies to help students improve their oral reading skills. It addresses the fact that some students may be nervous about reading aloud and the lesson offers ideas to help them build their confidence. The lesson also contains a list of reasons why reading aloud is useful. It is recommended that teachers use current reading assignments or students’ favorite stories to help them practice.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Read a short story book to students two times. During the first reading, read it monotonously with no emphasis or expression.  Read it a second time with expression and emphasis.  Ask students to identify the differences in how the same story was read.  Ask which story was more interesting and easier to follow.
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students to tell why it is important to read stories and other text with expression, emphasis, etc.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Reading Orally.
  4. Distribute Reading Orally (1-2) content pages. Use current reading content during the lesson.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Read and review the information with the students.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Encourage students to read the passages several times, changing how they read them, different emotions, expressions, etc.  Allow students sufficient time to complete the activity.  Circulate as students read to each other, assisting students as necessary.
  6. Once completed, give each student a chance to read one or more of the passages while standing in front of the class.
  7. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  8. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Allow students to read the two short stories aloud, and discuss how they should be expressing the emotions of the characters.
  9. In closing, ask students: What is your favorite kind of story to read aloud?  A funny story, a serious story, a scary story, or another kind of story?  Why?

Common Core State Standards: 


Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

Additional Resources:

Many more teaching resources in Download!

Want more reading resources?  Check out our other Reading Lesson Plans!

Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade