Capstone/Dissertation Title

Does fluency affect reading achievement?

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The following research was conducted at an elementary school in a diverse, mid-sized community. The total school population at my site is about 900 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. I wanted to evaluate the effectiveness of three repeated reading procedures on students' fluency and in turn on their performance in overall reading achievement. Two students met five days out of a six-day cycle in a pull-out program. It was during this intervention time that the students participated in the Read Naturally program, The Six Minute Solution program and reader's theater. The Six Minute Solution, Read Naturally program and reader's theater, were highly motivating for my students. They enjoyed their results of the Cold and Hot readings, and having a visual of their progress. This motivation lead to increased words read per minute. However, there does not appear to be as much growth shown in the area of comprehension within the programs.

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