Prosody and Comprehension

Prosody in oral reading is using good stress, pitch, and tone. When you read to your child/students with expressive prosody, this will help them develop comprehension.

A lot of what we understand is conveyed through the way we hear things said. Reading plays that have parts is a fun way to practice and teach prosody. When my students read the play/fable, “The Lion and the Mouse,” and it is really cute to see the students get into their roles. They will do a big lion voice and a little teeny mouse voice, and they love it when they get to roar!

Model and practice good prosody when reading. Also, remember, the more you read to your child/students, the bigger their vocabulary exposure, and the better their comprehension.