Moira Paul

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Action Research Paper

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Language And Literacy

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Beth Hanson

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading comprehension; Vocabulary; Literature; Reading comprehension--Study and teaching


The purpose of this study was to the examine the impact of using children's literature as a means to increase reading comprehension through interactive story telling with an emphasis on text selection, vocabulary knowledge, and language instruction with interactive activities. To increase comprehension, language, and vocabulary skills, five first grade students who participate in a reading intervention program engaged in this eight week study. During the study, the five participants met with the researcher one hour a day, four times a week for eight weeks. The focus during this small group instruction time concentrated on language development through dialogic reading, vocabulary development, and comprehension through text selection. The results suggested that overall the participant's demonstrated growth in comprehension, vocabulary, and language development.


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