Capstone/Dissertation Title

The value of the read-aloud

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

As a classroom reading teacher I often ask myself, How can I help my students develop a love of reading? I decided the best opportunity I have to share my love of reading with students is through read-alouds. For this reason the focus of my research is the read-aloud and what effect, if any, it has on students' reading. I interviewed the parents of my student subjects to see how much their children read in the home. I also administered a survey to the students to get an idea of their attitudes toward reading. I observed and documented students' engagement levels in various read-aloud settings. I read students' journals after they'd written their reactions to read-alouds and how much time they were spending in their free-reads . The knowledge and insight I gained by the capstone process proved positive and helpful in my classroom teaching.

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