Capstone/Dissertation Title

The effects of teaching cognitive reading comprehension strategies to sixth grade English language learner (ELL) students

Term

2007

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to determine the opinions of sixth grade ELL students after learning three cognitive reading comprehension strategies. Did their attitudes toward reading change? Did the strategies enhance their understanding? Six Hmong students and one Latino student participated in the study. Using the research of Keene and Zimmermann and Harvey and Goodvis, I taught making connections, visualizing, and synthesizing. I conducted pre- and post-teaching focus groups and surveys, and took field notes. Results were positive. Attitudes of four students toward reading improved. Six of the seven students said that learning strategies increased their understanding of what they read. Benefits of the strategies included additional thinking about the book, helping to find the main ideas, and generating self-confidence as readers.

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