Reading with Expression Extension Activity

Reading can be challenging, but it can also be FUN! Transform reading into a performance with our Reading with Expression Packet! This resource invites students to explore the world of storytelling through expressive reading in a series of exercises which build up to independent and collaborative practice opportunities. This is a great tool for preview, review, and extended practice for readers who need to add more expression and animation to their reading. Have fun!

Grade
2, 3, 4, 5
CCSS Standard
Reading: Foundational Skills, RF.4
NGLS Standard
Reading: Foundational Skills, RF.4

Reading with Expression Extension Activity

These worksheets are designed to teach students how to read with expression by recognizing and conveying different emotions in text. Reading with expression is a crucial skill that enhances both reading comprehension and enjoyment.

Matching Emotions to Sentences and Practicing with Stories

The first activity involves a matching exercise where students link sentences to corresponding emotions. For example, they match the sentence "I aced the math test!" with happiness or "I'm so proud of my artwork" with pride. This exercise helps students understand how different emotions influence the tone and delivery of a sentence.

The second activity encourages students to apply these skills to a story. They read a story about a little boy who lives in a big castle and befriends a friendly dragon, changing their voices to express the emotions conveyed in the story. This practice helps students identify emotional cues in a narrative and adjust their reading accordingly to reflect these emotions, like sadness, joy, or excitement.

Creating and Reading Scripts with Expression

In the third activity, students use a script from a short story called “The Vegetable Garden Heist” featuring characters like Bunny Rabbit and Groundhog. They decide how to express the characters' lines, like surprise or excitement, and continue the story with their own additions, paying attention to the emotional delivery of each line. This encourages creativity and the application of expressive reading in a playful context.

Finally, students are asked to write their own short story, underlining words or phrases where they plan to change their voice to express different emotions. They practice reading their story aloud with appropriate expression. This activity helps students understand how to convey emotions through their voice and brings their stories to life. These exercises collectively aim to improve students' reading skills, making them more engaging and expressive readers. By understanding how emotion affects reading, students can better interpret and enjoy various texts, whether they are reading aloud or to themselves.