Spring 2018



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Deb Sheffer

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Laura Mackenthun

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Renee Nelson


The research question addressed in this thesis was, what is the most effective way to group students for reading instruction in the upper elementary classroom? This work documents one teacher's experience of grouping students in two main ways, trying to determine if one way is more effective than another. Students were grouped based on reading level using a common text during part of the research. Students were also grouped based on their reading strategy need, using self-selected books during the remaining research time. The goal was to determine if one grouping method was more effective. While the research and data did not reveal one way to be more effective than another, many conclusions were drawn to help inform good practices for reading instruction. The author also shares the research of literacy experts, explaining how it relates to the thesis question and results.

Research Methodology

Action Research


Literacy, Motivation, Reading, Teachers/ Teaching

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