Lotta Lara: Improve Oracy and Reading Fluency

“We’re doing something called Lotta Lara,” remarked an elementary teacher.

I stared at her in puzzlement. “I don’t know what that is.”

“Well, I know what it is, but doing it is something else altogether.” Lotta Lara is a model for literacy targeting oracy and reading fluency. Recent research finds that oral reading fluency is the key to reading comprehension. In this blog entry, we’ll explore the model and how technology can amplify its benefits for students.

Lotta Lara, a Literacy Squared innovation, focuses on developing students’ oral language skills. It does this through explicitly planning oracy instruction while also increasing reading fluency and comprehension through repeated reading. One book or text is used three times in one week. Students read the text a total of nine times. While students read to increase their reading fluency and comprehension, equal emphasis is placed in oracy on the use of connected discourse and the rehearsal of pre-planned language structures (source: Literacy Squared Handout).

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