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Ness, Molly – Reading Improvement, 2017
As they are naturally curious about the world around them, young children ask lots and lots of questions. In classrooms today, however, there seems to be little space for these student-generated questions as teachers are more likely to pose the questions. Research indicates that question generation is an effective strategy to motivate young…
Descriptors: Questioning Techniques, Student Developed Materials, Thinking Skills, Common Core State Standards
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Bennett, Susan V.; Calderone, Cynthia; Dedrick, Robert F.; Gunn, AnnMarie Alberton – Reading Improvement, 2015
In this mixed method research, we examined the effects of reading and singing software program (RSSP) as a reading intervention on struggling readers' reading achievement as measured by the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test, the high stakes state test administered in the state of Florida, at one elementary school. Our team defined struggling…
Descriptors: Reading, Reading Motivation, Reading Difficulties, Singing
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Laverick, DeAnna M. – Reading Improvement, 2014
The purpose of this research was to determine if reading specialist candidates improve the reading proficiency of their students through the use of digital, technology-based teaching techniques and materials. The candidates were certified teachers who provided individualized and small-group instruction to K-6 children while the candidates were…
Descriptors: Reading Instruction, Teaching Methods, Educational Technology, Technology Uses in Education
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McCown, Margaret Averill; Thomason, Gina B. – Reading Improvement, 2014
With the increased emphasis on informational text with Common Core State Standards and the difficulty many students have with this type of text, this study examined the effects of Collaborative Strategic Reading (CSR) on informational text comprehension and metacognitive awareness of fifth grade students. Participating students included a…
Descriptors: State Standards, Reading Comprehension, Metacognition, Reading Strategies
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Swain, Kristine D.; Leader-Janssen, Elizabeth M.; Conley, Perry – Reading Improvement, 2013
This case study examined the effectiveness of three fluency interventions (i.e., repeated reading, audio listening passage preview and teacher modeled listening passage preview) with a fifth grade student struggling with fluency skills. When compared to baseline, each intervention increased oral reading fluency by the end of the 7 weeks of…
Descriptors: Reading Fluency, Oral Reading, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension
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Batur, Zekerya – Reading Improvement, 2013
The aim of this study is to investigate the perception levels of the messages of didactic fiction texts in fictive context and the student's perception levels of these messages. 80 students attending the grades of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th 20 from each grade, are randomly selected as participants. Under the supervision of specialists, six fictive…
Descriptors: Fiction, Text Structure, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation
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Burgess, Stephen R.; Sargent, Stephan; Smith, Melinda; Hill, Nancy; Morrison, Susan – Reading Improvement, 2011
Several authors have suggested that a teacher's ability to encourage a disposition to read may be linked to their personal reading habits and views of literacy. This study examined the relationship between elementary school teachers' reading habits, knowledge of children's literature, and their use of literacy best practices in the classroom. One…
Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Reading Habits, Literacy, Elementary School Teachers
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Uchiyama, Takumi – Reading Improvement, 2011
Concern has been expressed about teaching English to the fifth- and the sixth graders in the public schools of Japan. There appears to be an insufficiency of materials as well as anxiety among teachers who must instruct these grades. Story telling may be an important step for developing English competence. The current study replicated the work of…
Descriptors: Story Telling, Reading Comprehension, Foreign Countries, Grade 6
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McKool, Sharon S. – Reading Improvement, 2007
According to recent research, there is a strong relationship between the amount of out-of-school reading a student engages in and his or her success in school in reading (Anderson, Fielding, & Wilson, 1988; Stanovich, 1986; Taylor, Frye, & Maruyama, 1990; Walberg & Tsai, 1984). This relationship reveals the importance of investigating why so few…
Descriptors: Reading Habits, Reading Attitudes, Grade 5, Performance Factors
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Feng, Shoudong; Powers, Kathy – Reading Improvement, 2005
Grammar instruction has long been a troubling issue for many language arts teachers. This collaborative research between an elementary classroom teacher and university faculty, based on the assumption that grammar is most effectively taught in reading and writing, looks into the short- and long-term effect of error-based grammar instruction on the…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Grammar, Elementary School Teachers, College Faculty
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Davenport, Sandra V.; Arnold, Mitylene; Lassmann, Marie – Reading Improvement, 2004
The purpose of this study was to determine if cross-age peer tutoring of fifth graders with learning disabilities and kindergarten students would have an effect on reading attitudes and reading achievement. A tutoring program was designed to meet the literacy needs of fifth grade special education resource students as well as provide enriching…
Descriptors: Grade 5, Kindergarten, Reading Attitudes, Reading Achievement
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Melton, Cindy M.; Smothers, Bobbie C.; Anderson, Eugene; Fulton, Ray; Replogle, William H.; Thomas, Lisa – Reading Improvement, 2004
The purpose of this study was to compare the reading achievement growth of fifth grade students following a year of participation in the Accelerated Reader program with the reading achievement growth of fifth grade students who did not participate in the Accelerated Reader program. The Terra Nova standardized achievement test was used as the…
Descriptors: Reading Achievement, Acceleration (Education), Grade 5, Computer Software