Easi-Speak™ Expression

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  • Skills: Listening, Speaking, Observing, Phrasing
  • Grades: 1-3
  • Grouping:Individual
  • Time: 10-15 Minutes
  • Materials: Easi-Speak™, grade-level appropriate books found in the classroom

Try It!


  1. Work with individual students. Provide each student with a grade-level book that contains dialogue and a variety of sentence types.
  2. Read a few sentences for the child and record your reading with Easi-Speak. Point out the different types of punctuation that help identify sentences as questions, exclamations, or statements.
  3. Guide

  4. Have the student identify and write two or more examples of a question, an exclamation, or a statement and tell you what types of punctuation are used in each sentence.
  5. Then have the student ready and record a passage from the book with Easi-Speak.
  6. Assess

  7. Have the student listen to his or her recording and point out the punctuation that affects his or her phrasing, tone, and expression. The student self-assesses the reading and repeats the activity.
  8. Listen to the recording and document students' ability to read with appropriate intonation and phrasing.
  9. Extend

  10. Pairs of students do the activity together. Have one student read and record a passage while the other student follows along in the book. Students model reading with expression for one another.