Summer 7-26-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Marcia Rockwood

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Debbie Bell

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Maren Wallenberg


The research question addressed in this project was, how can implementing oral language strategies support first grade struggling readers? In this project, action research was conducted in an urban first grade classroom with nine student participants. All of the student participants were categorized as first grade struggling readers and came from many different diverse backgrounds. During the research two oral language strategies were implemented during a four-week period with two reading groups. Pre and post assessments were given to monitor student progress and gauge the success of the strategy implementation. At the end of the four-week period, all students made gains in their oral language scores and their overall ability to read higher-level texts. The students in the research study also gained huge amounts of confidence in their reading, writing, and speaking. By the end of the implementation, all nine students were seeing themselves as meaning makers and successful readers!

Research Methodology

Action Research


At-risk Students, Literacy, Reading, oral language

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