Reading to Students, Script-writing and Readers' Theatre: Strategies to Enhance Reading Skills of Low-achievers in a Third-grade Early Intervention Classroom

Reading to Students, Script-writing and Readers' Theatre: Strategies to Enhance Reading Skills of Low-achievers in a Third-grade Early Intervention Classroom

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The purpose of an early intervention program (EIP) is to enhance low-performing students' reading skills in order to prevent illiteracy. However, many low-performing readers are not becoming proficient readers. The No Child Left Behind Act has mandated that students must perform on their appropriate grade level. The state of Georgia has placed into law a mandate that students in grade 3 must be reading at their grade level with proficiency in order to be promoted to grade 4. Georgia's third graders take the state mandated Criterion-Referenced Competency Test (CRCT) to monitor their learning progress. However, students who are in early intervention programs are at a disadvantage. These students come into the EIP program well below grade-level. One major reason that these students are not meeting reading success is that they lack background knowledge and an adequate vocabulary from which to build upon in order to make connections from written words to actual, real-world situations. Simply put, they are lacking a knowledge base. The proposed research study seeks to measure the effectiveness of two strategies of reading instruction on low-performing third-grade students in an EIP classroom. Can reading aloud, and the use of readers' theatre, when used as daily instructional strategies in reading, enhance the skills of low-performing students? The proposed study will take the form of an experimental quantitative research design using data analysis methods. It is anticipated that this study can represent a useful best practice for reading instruction of low-performing readers.Details refer to important pieces of information that is found in written texts, whether the text is narrative or expository text. ... of syllables using three 100- word passages to arrive at an estimated grade level of the reading passage (Fry, 1977).


Title:Reading to Students, Script-writing and Readers' Theatre: Strategies to Enhance Reading Skills of Low-achievers in a Third-grade Early Intervention Classroom
Author: Catherine J. Sullivan
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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