Chapter 4 Reading ExtensionThe strategy that I would use in an English Language Arts classroom to developreading fluency would be the use of audio books as an introduction to reading. However,I would combine the use of audio books with independent and group reading. The gaol isto model the reading strategies needed for fluency and then practice those strategies inclass.After choosing a new novel for an in class study, I would choose an appropriateaudio book. Audio books range from poor to exceptional; poor examples of audio bookshave computer generated voices or narrators who read without expression. Examples of appropriate audio books are publications with a celebrity narrator that the students arefamiliar with, or multiple narrators who present the text dramatically. Another importantfeature to consider is the narrator’s pace and diction; if the students cannot keep up withthe narrator or understand the reading, then the exercise is wasted.I would use the audio book in class as an introduction to a novel and a hook togain the student’s interest. As a class, we would listen to both the prologue and firstchapter from our novel. Students would be required to follow along with the narrator. Iwould supply the students with three different color highlighters, yellow, orange and blue, that would be used to note the author’s fluency strategies. The yellow highlighter would be used to mark words that are emphasised dramatically by the narrator. Theorange highlighter would be used to mark when the author pauses, including punctuation.Finally the blue highlighter would be used to indicate when the narrator changes his/her tone.