Capstone/Dissertation Title

How do graphic organizers improve the reading comprehension, specifically retelling, of English language learners?

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question studied was how do graphic organizers improve reading comprehension, specifically retelling, in English Language Learners. The participants in this study were a group of third grade English Language Learners. The motivation for this project was that best practices for teaching ELLs heavily encourages the use of graphic organizers. Key influences for this project include peers and current students, as well as the author Robert J. Marzano. Throughout this study, reading comprehension and retelling was studied over a sixteen week period comparing the students' comprehension using graphic organizers compared to their comprehension without the use of graphic organizers. I found that when the students are able to compare and contrast, find similarities and differences, and retell story elements, which are tasks related to graphic organizers, their comprehension will improve.

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