Capstone/Dissertation Title

The daily five: growing independent readers and writers

Term

2012

Capstone

Thesis

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Abstract

The research question address in this project is, how do teachers use the Daily Five to structure and assess the independent work time during guided reading? Motivation for this question came from the desire to find an efficient and effective way to structure the reading block, so the author can teach guided reading, while the rest of the class is productively engaged in meaningful literacy activities. After reviewing a variety of ways to engage the class, the author chooses to focus on the Daily Five method developed by Gail Boushey and Joan Moser. The author interviews four teachers who use the Daily Five, and concludes that the Daily Five is the most effective and efficient literacy management system she has encountered. The capstone also includes the author's personal experience using the Daily Five, and examples of the interview teachers' sign in/rotation sheets and class created posters.

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