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“How Many More Pages?” One Child’S Reading Experience, Samantha De Rosa May 2017

“How Many More Pages?” One Child’S Reading Experience, Samantha De Rosa

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative case study explores how different reading practices motivate a child with ADHD. This study took place during a six-week period in an at-home tutoring setting. This work explores the best practices that better support students’ comprehension skills with ADHD.


Primary Grade Students’ Expressive Oral Language In Social Situations, Caitlin Kier Apr 2017

Primary Grade Students’ Expressive Oral Language In Social Situations, Caitlin Kier

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This research discusses the relationship between oral language development and social development. The primary goal of the study was to explore the use of expressive oral language within social situations in primary aged children. Data were collected over the course of six weeks. Data were collected using audio recordings, pre and post interviews and surveys, and observations. The data were analyzed to determine if and how students use oral language in social situations. The findings proved that students were able to improve their oral language skills within social situations.


Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder And Reading Comprehension: What Works And What Does Not?, Hannah Kruger Dec 2016

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder And Reading Comprehension: What Works And What Does Not?, Hannah Kruger

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative case study explores the impact Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder has upon literacy learning. The purpose of this research is to not only explore the nature of FASD, but also aid in expanding the understanding of teachers and educators regarding particular teaching and learning strategies that may address the unique literacy needs of students diagnosed with FASD. Four reading comprehension strategies were introduced to the research participant over twelve weeks; the participant indicated that two of the strategies were most beneficial because they were not only highly structured, but also contained clear steps to follow, allowing for greater ease ...


Teaching To Think & Read Like A Historian, Erin E. Moses May 2016

Teaching To Think & Read Like A Historian, Erin E. Moses

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study explores how a disciplinary literacy framework could impact adolescent comprehension in the content area of social studies. I collected qualitative data by recording interviews with five high school social studies teachers, while also analyzing the school’s curriculum and its integration of literacy. Several findings were acquired from the research: 1) a need to return to the basics of reading and writing; 2) break down the sources for student comprehension of complex texts used in social studies classes; 3) students’ struggle with historical writing; and 4) comprehension literacy strategies used in social studies classrooms. Conclusions from this study ...


Going Beyond The Literal, Lindsay M. Falzano May 2016

Going Beyond The Literal, Lindsay M. Falzano

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

The present study aims to examine strategies that enable students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to be successful in accessing grade-level curriculum, particularly in English Language Arts (ELA). The purpose of this study is to find strategies that help students with autism to go beyond literal comprehension, assisting these students to successfully go beyond literal comprehension of texts. Data for the present study were collected through a series of observations documented by the teacher-researcher and writing samples completed by the participant. Data excerpts were used to share findings. Results of this study helped the participant to access grade-level curriculum ...


Literacy Strategies To Challenge Advanced Readers, Gabrielle Marianetti May 2016

Literacy Strategies To Challenge Advanced Readers, Gabrielle Marianetti

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This qualitative self-study explores teaching practices that have been proven to assist teachers in making the general education curriculum challenging for advanced readers in their classrooms. It discusses who advanced readers are, evidence-based practices to teach gifted/advanced readers, and a reflective dialogue on one teacher’s utilization of multiple strategies.


Literacy Strategies For Reading And Understanding Nonfiction Texts In The Elementary Grades, Melody L. Vanacore Oct 2015

Literacy Strategies For Reading And Understanding Nonfiction Texts In The Elementary Grades, Melody L. Vanacore

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Abstract

Elementary teachers must educate their students to read and understand nonfiction text so they will not only be successful in elementary school, but will also be prepared for the increased demands placed on them in the upper grades and beyond. This literature review investigated the question, what are the most effective literacy strategies teachers can use to better teach the reading of nonfiction texts to elementary students? Data collection was accomplished by gathering academic, peer reviewed articles and scholarly texts containing information on teaching nonfiction to elementary students. The data was then analyzed through content analysis for appropriate strategies ...


How Schools Can Support Students With Mental Illness, Elizabeth J. Jones Jun 2015

How Schools Can Support Students With Mental Illness, Elizabeth J. Jones

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This project seeks to critically examine how schools can increase support of students with mental illness with the goal of increasing student achievement and success and minimizing rates of suicide. Given that suicide is the third leading cause of death of people under the age of twenty-five and that mental illness is the common precursor to this violent act, schools provide the best arena to prevent and treat students who are battling mental illness. The most significant question that this project seeks to answer is how can administrators, counselors, teachers, and students work together to identify and support students with ...


Close Reading Strategies & Reading Comprehension, Stephanie M. Strassner May 2015

Close Reading Strategies & Reading Comprehension, Stephanie M. Strassner

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

One large area of reading struggle for many students is reading comprehension. With the implementation of the Common Core State Standards comes an increase in complex texts in classrooms and the skills needed to successfully be able to read and comprehend such texts. Students need to be able to peel back the layers of the complex texts they are responsible for reading so they can reach the underlying meaning. In other words, students are being asked to close read. Due to close readings emphasis on breaking down texts to reach meaning, teachers are teaching some close reading strategies to their ...


Differentiated Math Instruction: Instruction That Incorporates The Common Core State Standards And Effectively Addresses The Needs Of Sixth Grade Students. A Self-Study., Nicole A. Cubiotti May 2015

Differentiated Math Instruction: Instruction That Incorporates The Common Core State Standards And Effectively Addresses The Needs Of Sixth Grade Students. A Self-Study., Nicole A. Cubiotti

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

My capstone was a self-study conducted in a sixth grade 15:1 classroom. The purpose of my research was to determine how to incorporate the Common Core State Standards for math and effectively meet the needs of sixth grade students with different levels of abilities. Different strategies and interventions were used in the classroom during one hour class period and then were reflected into a journal to document the experience.


How Elementary Teachers Perceive And Implement Sustained Silent Reading, Bridget C. Lefler Aug 2014

How Elementary Teachers Perceive And Implement Sustained Silent Reading, Bridget C. Lefler

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Sustained silent reading is defined as a period of uninterrupted silent reading (Siah & Kowk, 2010). Schools are using this practice in place of other reading programs to promote reading within the student body. Many legislators, administrators, teachers, and parents have emphasized the need for reading programs to improve children’s reading proficiency (Siah & Kwok, 2010). One intervention to this problem is sustained silent reading. As Krashen (1993) points out, sustained silent reading “is the kind of reading highly literate people do obsessively all the time”.

I investigated how other elementary teachers in my school perceive and implement sustained silent reading ...


Educating English Language Learners In The Elementary Classroom, Elizabeth R. Wallace May 2014

Educating English Language Learners In The Elementary Classroom, Elizabeth R. Wallace

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

According to the National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition [NCELA] (2013), English Language Learners (ELL) are the fastest-growing student population in schools across the United States. Between the years of 1989-2006, the ELL population more than doubled from just over 2,000,000 to over 5,000,000 (NCELA, 2008). The NCELA as cited by Oliveira (2011), reports that “more than 10% of the K-12 student population across the United States is comprised of ELLs, which accounts for over five million students in our schools (p. 59). This rapid increase in ELL students in the nation’s schools has greatly ...


Strategies For Integrating Literacy In Middle School Content-Area Classrooms, Christyna Consagra Aug 2013

Strategies For Integrating Literacy In Middle School Content-Area Classrooms, Christyna Consagra

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

Content-area teachers at the middle school level are charged with finding a balance between literacy and content instruction without diluting disciplinary rigor. This literature review addressed an instructional framework, the selection of resources, qualities of an effective teacher and the plethora of research-based strategies used in content-area classrooms. The Reading Apprenticeship Approach is an instructional framework that builds on metacognitive conversations to encourage literacy routines. Diversity of text, both topical and range of difficulty, ties to motivation and is strongly influenced by technology. Adolescent learners are faced with increasingly complex text and must be explicitly taught strategies to comprehend a ...


How The Accelerated Reading Program Supports The Comprehension Development Of Struggling Readers, Emily A. Mclean Dec 2012

How The Accelerated Reading Program Supports The Comprehension Development Of Struggling Readers, Emily A. Mclean

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

When a student is identified as a struggling reader, it not only affects their literacy development but learning across all content areas as well. If this is not recognized early on, this problem can follow them throughout their entire life. This study looks closely at how the Accelerated Reading Program can support the comprehension development of struggling readers. Two focal students were chosen, both of whom were struggling readers. During this four week study, data were collected through field notes, observations, surveys and collecting work samples. Analyses of all the collected data show that the Accelerated Reading Program contains both ...


How Children Learn To Spell In First Grade, Jennifer Tudisco May 2004

How Children Learn To Spell In First Grade, Jennifer Tudisco

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study investigated how first grade children learn to spell. It targeted first grade students in an urban elementary school in Western New York who are learning to spell. The researcher examined the influences that affect a student's ability to learn, the characteristics of spellers, and the strategies that teachers and students use to help them with spelling, whether teaching or learning. Data was collected through the analysis of writing samples, observation checklists, and early literacy assessments, interviews with students, questionnaires for to parents, and surveys given to first grade teachers.

Children learn to spell in stages and use ...


Parental Reactions To Authentic Performance Assessment Of Spelling, Patricia Jean Williams May 1995

Parental Reactions To Authentic Performance Assessment Of Spelling, Patricia Jean Williams

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

The purpose of this study was to examine parental reactions to authentic performance assessment of spelling.

The subjects for this study were seventy heterogeneously grouped third-grade students and their parents from a small, rural, public elementary school in western New York. Three standardized written retellings of stories were collected from· the seventy students over a period of three semesters and were analyzed for misspellings. The results were recorded on a developmental spelling progress chart (see Appendix A). Parents were asked to respond to a confidential and anonymous questionnaire regarding their reactions to the Stages of Spelling Development progress chart. Since ...