Capstone/Dissertation Title

Implementing a parent-component to the read-aloud curriculum in a fourth grade classroom

Term

2009

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The purpose of this capstone was to answer the question, What are the effects of implementing a parent-component to the read-aloud curriculum in a fourth grade classroom? Throughout the study, parents attended a read-aloud training session which gave them an overview of the importance and benefits of reading aloud to children in the intermediate grades. Next, parents completed weekly at-home read-aloud activities which focused on thinking-aloud the following reading strategies: making connections, asking questions, and applying fix-up strategies. The results of the study demonstrated that implementing an at-home read-aloud curriculum can increase the time a parent spends reading aloud to their fourth-grader, as well as can improve the quality of read-aloud discussions between parent and child.

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