Capstone/Dissertation Title

Interactive read aloud with accountable talk in kindergarten

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

After noticing that many students rely on the same few to answer the teacher's questions, I wanted to increase student participation through interactive read aloud experiences by having them talk with a partner and as a whole group. Some of the many sources that influenced my thinking included Douglas Barnes, Lucy Calkins, Brian Cambourne, Mem Fox, and Kathryn Mitchell Pierce. Within my Kindergarten class I gave each child a partner. I then taught a speaking or listening skill that was then applied as I read a story and paused to illicit conversations. The results showed an increase in the physical, conversational, and content of their discussions with a partner. However, when it came to applying those skills in a whole group, setting many of their social skills disappeared.

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