Practicing Intonation and Pausing Activity for Prosody
Description: One great way to work on prosody is by looking at intonation and pausing in reading. This activity is also great for working on reading fluency. For this one, you’ll want to assemble a list of common punctuation and what that means for our pausing and intonation. You can download the one above by clicking the link below or you can make your own list. For example, a question mark means rising intonation and period means falling intonation. A comma is a short pause and a period is a long pause. Go through each of the types of punctuation to make sure the child understands them all. Then, have the child practice reading simple sentences using the correct intonation and pausing according to the punctuation.