Capstone/Dissertation Title

HOW ANCHOR CHARTS CAN ENGAGE STUDENTS IN INTERACTIVE READ-ALOUDS

Term

Fall 12-6-2016

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Jennifer Carlson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Corrie Wiechmann

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Elizabeth Comstock

Abstract

The research question explored and answered in this project was, can anchor charts make readalouds more interactive and engaging? This project documents the exploration and creation of anchor charts in a read-aloud setting. In conjunction with the Journeys’ (2009) curriculum the researcher created four anchor charts with a goal to create more engagement and increase the interactive quality of read-alouds. The researcher utilizes different types of anchor charts to see student engagement responses. She details the literature surrounding anchor charts as well as giving some background regarding read- alouds and engagement strategies for young learners. The researcher then describes the different successes she found when integrating these charts into a kindergarten classroom and the reasons she finds them to be an essential tool for engagement now.

Research Methodology

Action Research, Interview, Narrative (portariture)

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