Johns Hopkins University Secondary Support Initiative (JHUSSI)  

Repeated Reading


Purpose of Strategy/Approach


Use repeated reading to increase reading fluency (both reading speed and accuracy of word recognition) and to a lesser degree comprehension of content area materials in complex text through goal setting, feedback from teacher, and contingent reinforcement.


Rationale of Lesson


Students will compare the themes in poetry by poets (Arna Bontemps, Countee Cullen, William Waring Cuney, W.E.B. Du Bois, Langston Hughes, Georgia Douglas Johnson, James Weldon Johnson, Claude McKay, Melvin B. Tolson, and Jean Toomer) from the Harlem Renaissance through a variety of print, non-print, electronic, and other media to develop their ability to comprehend and critically interpret the poetry’s significance from a historical and or cultural context.


Acknowledgment of Content Expert and Consultants


Pam Mayette and Dr. Mary Ellen Beatty-O’Ferrall


  • copies of a passage of a poem composed of 50-200 words
  • tape recorders
  • taped recordings of passage of a poem composed of 50-200 words
  • tape recorders
  • earphones
  • computer(s) with Microsoft Excel software
  • graph paper
  • pencils
  • colored markers

Support Materials


The Birth of John Henry 

References and Web Resources


Repeated Reading References and Web Resources