Capstone/Dissertation Title

Effective strategies used to increase reading fluency and comprehension of third grade students

Term

2010

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

What are effective strategies that educators can use to increase reading fluency and comprehension of elementary students? The study documents one teacher's journey of researching, applying, and reflecting upon strategies that can increase reading fluency and comprehension in her elementary classroom. The reading fluency strategies used in the study were modeling fluent reading, choral reading, repeated reading, paired or partner reading, and reader's theater. The reading comprehension strategies were think-alouds, making connections, asking questions and visualizing. After implementing these strategies, she found that: 1) Reading fluency and background knowledge are prerequisites to reading comprehension. 2) Strategies that promote modeling by a teacher and immediate feedback provided the best results. 3) Teachers of primary aged students need an objective system for collecting data on comprehension growth.

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