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Easy Reading Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms - Part 2

Janelle Cox

Reading Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms (Part 2)

In Reading Strategies Part 1, I shared information about using the Multisensory approach to reading and Imagery instruction.

In this article, you will learn three additional reading strategies for your inclusion classroom: Repeated Reading, Language Experience Approach and Echo Reading.

Reading Strategies

Repeated Reading

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The Repeated reading strategy is based on the theory that if students read a text over and over again, they will eventually read it with no errors. This strategy was designed to help all readers improve their reading fluency and comprehension.

Benefits of Repeated Reading

Teachers who implement this reading strategy into their classroom will find that students will gain confidence in their ability to read, and be able to process words at a quicker speed. With repetition, reading becomes easier, and due to the familiarity with the book, students gain confidence and comprehend and process information better. 

Example Lesson

Use the following procedure when teaching the Repeated reading strategy to your students.


  • Choose a passage of approximately 100 words.
  • Teach words you think the students will have trouble with first.
  • Read the passage aloud to your students.
  • Have students read the passage aloud to themselves.
  • Have students retell story in their own words.
  • Have students reread passage until they can read it with zero errors.

Language Experience Approach

The Language experience approach to reading helps students understand that what they are thinking can be written down into words and read. This strategy can benefit all learners because it uses the student's experiences and observations to describe an event.

Benefits of the Approach

Inclusion teachers that use the Language experience strategy will find that it gives students the opportunity to be creative in their storytelling. It also helps them become aware that what they are thinking can be written into words on paper. It also helps them grasp the concept that words and pictures together, mean something.

Guidelines to Help Create a Story

Use the following guidelines to help you create a Language experience story with your students. This strategy works best in small groups or pairs.

  • Have one student dictate a story or past experience to you or a partner.
  • Write down what the student says as they say it.
  • Read the story back to the student to make sure what was written is correct.
  • Have the student make any changes to the story as needed.
  • Have the student read and re-read the story together with you or the partner.

Echo Reading

Echo reading is similar to the Repeated reading strategy because it directs learners to re-read text. The difference in this strategy is that the student echo's the teacher or their partner after they have read a passage.

Benefits of Echo Reading

This method can benefit students of all ages and learning types. Echo reading helps students gain confidence when reading aloud, learn proper phrasing and expression, and helps students read words at appropriate speeds.

How Echo Reading Works

This strategy can be used one-on-one with the teacher, or a partner who is at a higher reading level or grade level. The first step is to have the teacher or partner read a sentence to the student using appropriate phrasing and expression. Then the student is to repeat the sentence in the exact expression as the teacher or partner. Once the student feels confident in their reading of the passage, then they can switch spots with the teacher or partner.


What reading strategies do you use in your inclusion classroom? Please share in the comment section below.

Read Part 1 of the Reading Strategies for Inclusive Classrooms to learn two more strategies for your classroom.

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