Capstone Project Title
Patty Born Selly
Promoting student growth in reading comprehension and language skills is a primary goal of every language teacher. Research increasingly shows that engaging English learner (EL) students in oral language activities is connected to growth in both language skills and in reading comprehension. Research also shows that oral language activities improve engagement and comprehension not only in EL students but in native English-speaking students. This project combines oral language activities in reading prosody, Routine, Integrated, Structured, Academic (RISA) Oral Interactions (Watson, 2015), and reading comprehension for groups of both mainstream and EL students covering both Minnesota standards and WIDA standards for increased engagement and reading comprehension in all students. Texts covered within the resource include different types of folk tales at the mainstream 2nd grade level, guided reading levels K-L. Students engage in preformulated oral interviews after reading each section of text. Interview questions give students a range of opportunities including literal, inferential, and critical oral language responses designed to increase student engagement and reading comprehension.
Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Reading
Lundgren, Sarah, "Growing Reading Skills Through Oral Language Activities: Reading Intervention/English Learner Curriculum" (2020). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 486.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects