Date of Award
Graduate Field Experience
Master Of Arts In Language And Literacy
Colleges & School
College Of Education And Leadership
Library of Congress Subject Heading
Readers' Theater--Study and teaching; Fluency (Language learning); Reading comprehension
Throughout my teaching career I have been curious as to why some students are able to comprehend a reading passage with greater ease than other students. I have taught first, second, and third grade and in all three grades I observed similar issues with the students who have difficulty with comprehending a reading passage. Most of the students I worked with who had difficulty with comprehension also had a hard time reading fluently. This made me wonder if reading fluency had an impact on reading comprehension. A fluent reader is one who can orally read at an appropriate rate and use expression to show the reader understands the meaning of the text (Griffith & Rasinski, 2004). After discussing this thought with many other teachers and reading research articles, I wondered if using Readers’ Theaters in the classroom to improve students’ reading fluency would in turn improve students’ reading comprehension. Due in part to my collaboration and research I explored the following research question, "Does student fluency through the use of Reader's Theater increase the student's comprehension?"
Johnson, Laura L., "Connection between fluency and comprehension through the use of readers' theater" (2012). Master's Theses, Capstones, and Projects. 322.
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