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Students in ESOL classes practice communication skills using voice intonation patterns. Using various patterns, they practice sentences with rising and falling intonations. With partners, students read passages orally with emphasis and intonation.
Reading out loud can be a real thrill for some, and a real issue for others. Teach your class that reading with inflection and fluency can be as easy as singing a song. They'll first analyze two Bobby McFerrin songs for intonation, pitch, tone, and tempo. They'll then build similar criteria to judge their reading with. They'll read parts of the book James and the Giant Peach while thinking about their reading like they would their singing.
Fourth graders, after reading with intonation and expression the book, "Richie's Rocket," by Joan Anderson, circulate in centers to create a puzzle with emotions and experiences from the ideas in the story, write the definition of words down, write each word in a complete sentence as well as list a synonym for each word. They also create a short dramatic scene from the book.
Have the class practice reading out loud to increase oral reading speed, prosody, intonation, and accuracy. They work with teachers or volunteers as they read select passages aloud. As they read, mistakes are marked, assessed, and discussed in order to help them progress as smooth and fluent oral readers. 
Students sing a song performing rhythms accurately with a steady beat, pitches accurately with excellent intonation, and a clear, focused tone in this music lesson plan for the high school Choir class. The lesson plan includes grading rubric.
Students read the poem,"ottos mops", by Ernst Jandl, focusing on their pronunciation of the short 'o' and long 'o' sounds. They use comprehension strategies to interpret the poem, and change interpretation of the poem using different intonations.
Students explore the ways in which voice quality and intonation can convey meaning.
Young scholars, using their foreign language of study, role-play as two people meeting for the first time. They use courtesy expressions and respond to questions and prompts with correct intonation, pronunciation, and inflection. Students exchange information without using written cues.
Students respond to exercises using ear-training software as they decide whether notes are sharp or flat. They create their own examples using the tuning function on a synthesizer.
Students develop their listening strategies, by raising their awareness of intonation at discourse level, particularly pitch level.
Young scholars listen to pitches and determine if they are in tune, flat or sharp. Using Aurelia computer software and playing as a band, students practice pitch theory, and play two-octave major scales. They practice and discuss how to tune instruments and improve their pitch.
Pupils recognize and adjust intonation discrepancies in unison playing. They develop an awareness of playing in tune within their section and play various exercises with their tuning slides set at various places. They adjust their slides to the point where they think they are in tune.
Improve the listening, reading, writing, and grammar skills of your learners with a series of whole class and group activities. Pupils answer questions based on listening and reading passages, complete grammar exercises, and use affixes to build new words.
Aid readers in achieving fluency! Hone in on appropriate pacing, accurate pronunciation, and varied intonation through modeling and ample practice. In one-minute bursts, individuals rehearse reading a passage aloud, recording where they stopped each time. Partners take turns reading along with the recording, trying to imitate the effective expression and fluency. Set goals and master the reading! Build some reading confidence in your emerging readers!
Fourth graders, while working in centers read Richie's Rocket by Joan Anderson, and then create a puzzle using ideas, emotions, and experiences from the story. In addition, they write specific definitions for certain words, use those words in sentences, write a synonym for the word, draw a picture of the word, and create a short dramatic scene from the story.
Students share observations on the nuances of meaning in face to face and online interactions with others. After reading an article, they identify the causes and effects of internet flaming. They create their own comic strips demonstrating the outcomes of flaming and write a bill of rights outlining the responsibilities of internet users.
Fifth graders view primary documents to become familiar with the causes of the American Revolutionary War.  For this Causes of the American Revolution lesson, 5th graders answer questions based on the documents. Students complete a graphic organizer projected on an overhead projector.
In this strokes worksheet, students read the article, answer true and false questions, complete synonym matching, complete phrase matching, complete a gap fill, answer short answer questions, answer discussion questions, write, and more about people having strokes. Students complete 10 activities total.
Partners practice reading fluency by reciting these sentence strips to each other with proper expression and intonation. There are 14 sentences provided, each from familiar stories your learners will likely recall. Partner A chooses a strip at random and reads it, first silently then aloud with expression. Partner B reads the same sentence with different phrasing, intonation, or expression, explaining why they chose to read it that way. Pairs switch roles as they move through the sentences and can even write one of their own!
Here's the teacher guide to a unit on family and family vocabulary. Sift through the ideas (a pre-test, lesson activity, and closing activity are all included), and include them in your own unit. Since visual connections are a great way to reach beginning language learners, definitely encourage your class to bring in family portraits, as suggested. This will help them recognize the French word(s) for each family member.

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