Capstone/Dissertation Title

Deepening the comprehension of elementary gifted readers during guided reading

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was, what are the most effective instructional strategies to deepen the comprehension abilities of elementary gifted readers during guided reading? It documents a teacher's creation of six lessons catered to the specific needs of gifted readers during guided reading. The curriculum encompasses the research on best practices in literacy instruction, giftedness, and the specific needs of gifted readers. The lessons are formatted on Gallagher' (2004) research surrounding structures to facilitate deep comprehension of challenging text along with Renzulli and Reis' (2006) work on giftedness. The author pulls from all research on best practices in literacy instruction and on giftedness, integrates the research, and synthesizes the learning into essential understandings that guide the lessons. These lessons are based on the needs of gifted readers in elementary grades and help guide classroom teachers on the best ways to instruct gifted readers within the classroom setting.

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