Spring 5-13-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Kathryn Campbell

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Amy Bethel

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Nadia Nibbs


The research question addressed in this capstone was, how can Incremental Rehearsal be used to facilitate successful sight words acquisition for English Language Learners to improve their sight word reading ability? It documents one teacher’s creation of a curriculum unit that serves as an intervention for struggling English Language Learner readers in grades K – 3. It draws upon the research done on a flashcard drill method known as Incremental Rehearsal. With this method, the teacher created a curriculum to help struggling readers memorize a sight word vocabulary, with the intent of helping them increase their fluency. The author documents the details of the curriculum and uses related research literature to construct meaning and validate the study. He concludes that Incremental Rehearsal is an empirically proven method for helping students memorize chunks of knowledge (in this case, sight words), and creates a curriculum based of the method for struggling reader.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Reading

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