I watched the recorded webinar as well and have 2 really quick methods to share for anyone reading:
For expression, write feeling words on cards or dice (happy, sad, angry, nervous, excited, scared, bored, annoyed, worried, disappointed). Give students a simple phrase ("What is that?") and have them read it with the expression they chose. Other students can try to guess what expression they picked, so they can get some feedback on how to change their voice.
The other method is to teach students how to read punctuation appropriately. Students often read right past punctuation, which can make for a confusing story and change the meaning (lots of activities that show this--I like to read the book Twenty Odd-Ducks to show this). So, put about 10 random single digit numbers up, with punctuation (commas, periods, exclamation points, etc.) in between numbers (for instance: 3, 4 5! 2 4? 5 2 6.) Students take turns reading the "sentence" using the punctuation. It takes a few times, but they eventually get it and LOVE to do it.
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