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What’S The Deal With Junie?: Responses From Second And Third Graders To Junie B. Jones, Sarah C. Hull Oct 2012

What’S The Deal With Junie?: Responses From Second And Third Graders To Junie B. Jones, Sarah C. Hull

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study examined what children noticed from the Junie B. Jones popular culture series through the use of a book club. The two books read were Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook (Park, 1997) and Cheater Pants (Park, 2003). Semi-structured and open-ended questions were utilized to gather data. Then, the participants collaboratively created a script based on one of the books. All six sessions were videotaped so that I could review them for accurate data collection.

The children shared many comments throughout the sessions. Generally, the comments indicated that Junie’s language did not always sound “right,” and the ...


How Elementary Teachers Craft Their Instruction During A 90-Minute Reading Block To Meet The Needs Of Readers Who Struggle, Jennifer Berrigan Jun 2012

How Elementary Teachers Craft Their Instruction During A 90-Minute Reading Block To Meet The Needs Of Readers Who Struggle, Jennifer Berrigan

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this six week study was to investigate how elementary teachers craft their literacy instruction during a whole group 90-minute reading block to support students who struggle with reading. I designed this study of seven classroom teachers to parallel my personal philosophy that all students can learn how to read. As a new special education and consultant teacher I struggled with effective ways to plan my reading lessons to accommodate the range of students, particularly those students who struggle with reading and writing. Conducting this study has given me a better understanding of some of the processes teachers ...


How Fifth-Grade Inclusion Teachers Within A Suburban School District, Use Assessments To Guide The Literacy Needs Of Their Students, Christine Erne Jun 2012

How Fifth-Grade Inclusion Teachers Within A Suburban School District, Use Assessments To Guide The Literacy Needs Of Their Students, Christine Erne

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Much research has been conducted on inclusion classrooms as well as on assessments. However, little research exists on how teachers within inclusion classrooms use assessments to provide literacy instruction. I conducted a six-week study in two fifth-grade inclusion classrooms within a suburban school district, in order to determine how teachers use assessments to guide the literacy needs of their students. I interviewed two general education teachers and two special education teachers, and observed them during their ELA blocks. I explored formal and informal assessments the teachers used throughout the study. The participating teachers used more informal assessments than formal assessments ...


How Reading Newspapers Influences The Literacy Leaming Of The African American Male Student, Debra Ann Joseph-Mcewen Jun 2012

How Reading Newspapers Influences The Literacy Leaming Of The African American Male Student, Debra Ann Joseph-Mcewen

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of my research is to explore how, through conducting several literacy lessons, the use of newspapers influences the literacy learning of African American male students. My research questions are how does reading newspapers influence the literacy learning of African American male students? Through reading newspapers are African American male students able to make connections to them with regard to their life experiences? Does the reading of newspapers promote critical thinking in African American male students? The methods used to collect data for my research will be inclusive of field notes, audio tape recordings, observations and student work samples ...


Interest Books And Engagement In Reading, Stephanie Rufina Peckham May 2012

Interest Books And Engagement In Reading, Stephanie Rufina Peckham

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Interest plays an important role in a child's reading development. When a text appeals to a child's interest, that child is motivated to read more. The more children read the better readers they become. Teachers want students to read as often as possible. This will have a positive effect on a child's development. In order for students to be motivated to read, they must have an interest. When students reach preadolescence the desire and motivation to read tends to decrease. Once this occurs students begin to fall behind their classmates. Teachers need to foster the desire to ...


How Does Incorporating Multi-Sensory Approaches Into Literacy Instruction Influence The Literacy Development Of Preschoolers?, Jennifer Stonier Jan 2012

How Does Incorporating Multi-Sensory Approaches Into Literacy Instruction Influence The Literacy Development Of Preschoolers?, Jennifer Stonier

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

According to Marie Clay (2005), preschoolers know something about the world of print because of their environments. Viewing or experiencing environmental print, the print, symbols, and logos, which surrounds young children on a daily basis, is just one of the ways through which they start to understand that there is meaning behind a symbol or that print carries meaning. During this developmental stage, children are beginning to understand sound-symbol relationship (Pullen & Justice, 2003) and to associate sounds and letters with their name or with environmental print around them. They begin to manipulate those sounds to form sentences and express their ...


A Book Club's Impact On Parent Support Of Adolescent Reading, Rachel Nichols May 2011

A Book Club's Impact On Parent Support Of Adolescent Reading, Rachel Nichols

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Purpose

The purpose of this study, then, is to investigate, both before and after intervention, parents' perceptions of their abilities to impact their children's literacy attitudes and activities. The intervention will take the form of a book club conducted by the researcher with parents. This book club will include discussions on current authors and books for adolescents, as well as demonstrations of literacy activities parents can incorporate into their daily lives. The following research questions will be addressed. First, how do parents perceive their abilities to support their sixth grade students in the area of reading? Second, what happens ...


Strategies For Teaching Literacy, Susan Michelle Wolbert Jul 2009

Strategies For Teaching Literacy, Susan Michelle Wolbert

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

How do students learn to read and spell? How do they best construct meaning from literacy lessons? This study discusses a balanced approach to literacy education examining the use of phonetic and whole-language approaches to instruction. The author examines the benefits of teaching reading and spelling using each approach separately, and then in a balance of methodologies for student success. Differentiation and constructivism, defined as the way a teacher flexibly implements instruction based on student need and progress, along with student learning through experience to make meaning from information presented, as partners in the suggested balanced literacy approach. Word study ...


How Do Students' Perceptions Of Their Own Fluent Reading Change After Receiving Direct Fluency Instruction?, Lisa Fay Pickard Jul 2007

How Do Students' Perceptions Of Their Own Fluent Reading Change After Receiving Direct Fluency Instruction?, Lisa Fay Pickard

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of my research is to see how students' perceptions of their fluency changes before and after direct fluency instruction. 4 male elementary students and 1 female elementary student provided the data for this study. The purpose of this study is to see how students thinking about their fluent reading changes after they participate in Reader's Theater. The researcher had the students read a book and their reading was tape recorded and then the students listened to their reading. They then filled out a self assessment after reading the text. The teacher filled out the same assessment on ...


Improving Letter And Word Recognition Using A Multisensory Approach, Carolyn G. Dalecki May 2007

Improving Letter And Word Recognition Using A Multisensory Approach, Carolyn G. Dalecki

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The effects of multisensory instruction upon the letter and sight word recognition and reading of five and six year old students were investigated during this study. A total of ten kindergarten and first grade students, identified as in need of extra reading support, were assigned to control and experimental groups. Five students were assigned to each group. Students in the control group learned and practiced identifying letters and reading sight words using their visual and auditory modalities. Students in the experimental group used their. visual, auditory, kinesthetic and tactile modalities to identify and read letters and sight words. Students were ...


The Effects Of Instruction In Prereading Strategies On Reading Comprehension, Dana Formicola Young Apr 2003

The Effects Of Instruction In Prereading Strategies On Reading Comprehension, Dana Formicola Young

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study evaluated the effects of instruction in prereading strategies on reading comprehension. Through using Running Reading Records as an assessment tool, I compared reading growth over an eight week period without prereading instruction against reading growth over an eight week period with prereading instruction . This study consisted of 12 students over a sixteen week period . Running Reading Records were initially given in order to find each student's instructional reading level. Over the course of eight weeks, I instructed the students, in small groups according to their ability level, in guided reading groups. After eight weeks, Running Reading Records ...


The Effects Of Homogeneous And Heterogeneous Grouping Methods On Student Reading Attitudes, Jennifer Tracey Oddo May 1994

The Effects Of Homogeneous And Heterogeneous Grouping Methods On Student Reading Attitudes, Jennifer Tracey Oddo

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to compare the reading attitude scores of students in homogeneous reading groups to the reading attitude scores of students in heterogeneous reading groups. The subjects were forty-six fourth grade students who attended two schools in the same suburban school district located in Western New York. One school in the district began heterogeneously grouping students for reading instruction during this 1993-1994 school year. The other school in the district homogeneously grouped students for reading instruction for many years. Each student tested spent at least one quarter (eight weeks) in a homogeneous or in a heterogeneous ...


The Relationship Between Two Approaches To Teaching Literacy And The Reading Attitudes Of First Graders, Therese Roethel Aug 1993

The Relationship Between Two Approaches To Teaching Literacy And The Reading Attitudes Of First Graders, Therese Roethel

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study was conducted in order to investigate the relationship between two approaches to teaching literacy--traditional basal-driven methods and literature-based whole language approaches--and the attitudes toward reading among first grade students. The subjects consisted of 194 first grade students in two suburban school districts. The subjects were asked to complete a survey administered by their classroom teacher. This survey asked questions concerning attitudes toward reading. Survey information was compiled and summarized in table and paragraph form. A statistically significant difference in attitudes among students between the two separate types of teaching methods was not found. The null hypothesis was accepted.


The Relationship Of Auditory Perception And Reading, Marilyn Passmore Shay Jul 1976

The Relationship Of Auditory Perception And Reading, Marilyn Passmore Shay

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Many children struggle to learn to read despite normal intellectual potential and good performance on auditory perception tests. This study compares the difference in performance on auditory perception tasks between successful and unsuccessful 3rd and 4th grade readers with comparable intelligence. Subjects consisted of twenty-two 3rd and 4th grade students in a rural school district in central New York. These students were divided into two groups of eleven, with one group classified as “successful readers” and the other classified as “unsuccessful readers”. Pairs from each of the groups were matched by Otis-Lenon Mental Ability intelligence test scores ...