Reading Orally


Most students by this grade level should be comfortable with reading aloud, but some may not have mastered the skill, especially when orally reading poetry, or other more difficult and complex text.  Many older students begin to read faster because they become hesitant to “perform” in front of peers due to real or imagined teasing that may occur if they make a mistake.  The teachers must help students feel comfortable reading aloud and stress that mistakes are made by everyone, but are not reasons for not reading aloud.  The use of current reading content is suggested for the lesson.

Reading Orally Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Adjective passages and copies of worksheets
  • Activity pages about Reading Orally
  • Practice pages on Reading Orally
  • Homework page
  • Answer Key
  • Common Core Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 3-5 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson emphasizes correctly expressing the meaning of words, phrases and sentences when reading orally. Using the correct tone of voice is stressed during the lesson. Three short passages are included with the lesson, a poem, a fable, and a scientific text. Students may practice reading these texts orally and consider how each should sound different. Five steps for preparing to read orally are also listed in the lesson.

Sample Classroom Procedure/Teacher Resources:  

  1. Ask students: Would you like to speak in front of a large group of people?  Why or why not?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Encourage students to be specific for liking and disliking speaking in front of a large group of people.  Once some reasons are given for not wanting to speak to a large group of people, ask students how those fears or reasons could be overcome.
  3. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students if it would be easier for them to read a story or poem in front of others.  Ask why or why not.
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Reading Orally.
  5. Distribute Reading Orally (3-5) content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Use current reading content during the lesson.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. tribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Remind students they are not writing one single poem, but two lines of poetry for each emotion.  Students will need to show the emotion as they read the lines aloud.  Allow sufficient time to complete the activity.
  7. Once completed, assign students at least 4 pair of their lines to read orally to the class.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.  Allow volunteers to read the poem aloud before reviewing the responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you had a chance to read aloud to everyone in the world, what would you read to them and why?

Common Core State Standards:


Additional information

Grade Level

3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade


Language Arts