Spring 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Marcia Rockwood

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kim Knutilla

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kathleen Lopiano


The research question addressed in this project is: How can reciprocal teaching be used to increase comprehension skills with fluent readers in the primary grades? Reading comprehension has been highlighted as a problem among students. While many students can read the words, they lack the proper strategies in order to comprehend the text. This capstone provides current research on fluency and comprehension instruction including the connection between the two. Additionally, research on reciprocal teaching is examined. It will discuss how to incorporate this strategy into classroom instruction to increase comprehension. Included in this capstone is a reciprocal teaching curriculum to be used with third graders. This unit consists of 15 lessons aligned with social studies standards to be used during the literacy block

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development