Clustering words together by using our knowledge of the spoken patterns in the English language and using punctuation enhances our understanding of what we read. Learning to read in phrases is important. The meaning of what we read is embedded in the chunk of words we read, not just in the isolated words themselves. It is important for readers to understand the order and the way in which words are put together to make a sentence and then a paragraph are what create the meaning.
The following guide will help teachers assess student performance of the strategy.