Capstone/Dissertation Title

Implementing guided reading in a second grade classroom to increase reading levels of English language learners

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, How does implementing guiding reading impact the reading progress of English Language Learners (ELLs)? The motivating factor for completing this capstone was that certain English learning students were continuously achieving below grade level on reading assessments. The purpose of this capstone is to share information gathered regarding the use of guided reading with struggling ELLs. It will outline the process of planning and completing action research which included fully implementing guided reading in a second grade classroom and collecting student data. The focus of this capstone explains the importance of differentiating reading instruction with-in a guided reading program to meet the needs of ELLs. Research done by Irene C. Fountas and Gay S. Pinnell strongly influenced the work of this capstone. The results show that implementing guided reading can positively impact the reading levels of ELLs if implemented over a period of time.

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