Capstone/Dissertation Title

Teaching fluency to emergent readers

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was how could a teacher teach fluency to emergent readers? It documented different ways of teaching fluency to individual students. It also documented one teacher's use of different types of strategies to see if fluency could be taught to emergent readers. It integrated Rasinski's timings of words read per minute, the Dolch high frequency word list, Fountas and Pinnell's rubric of fluency, Reading Recovery text reading levels and strategies incorporated by Reading Recovery teachers. The author collected the data over a four-week period and described individual students' acceptance of each strategy and concluded that there are specific ways a teacher could teach fluency to emergent readers and that time spent on teaching fluency was worth taking.

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