ERIC Number: ED348659
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-May
Reference Count: N/A
Implementing an Integrated Approach to Reading To Develop Critical Thinking Skills among a Group of First Graders.
Patterson, Retie Y.
The practicum reported in this paper addressed the high percentage of children receiving below average grades in an average first grade reading comprehension class by implementing an integrated approach to reading. Various screening devices, a survey of kindergarten teachers, the Dolch Basic Sight Word Test, the Analytical Reading Inventory (Woods and Move, 1985), the Health Reading Level Test (D. C. Health, 1989), and an Interest Inventory (Miller, 1978) were employed to discern specific behaviors among the children. Based upon these findings a Literature Based Instruction classroom was organized and implemented to provide relevant learning strategies and experiences. The children were exposed to an active constructive process. It required them to think before, during, and after reading, a process that involved the interaction of the reader, the material being read and the content of the material. The results indicated a significant achievement level for the target group. It was concluded that children can be introduced to the world of reading by way of an invitation to join in the sheer joy of playing with the gift of language. If, in the real world, reading, writing, speaking, and listening are highly integrated activities, then the literacy activities that take place in classrooms should be similarly integrated. (One table is included; 19 references and 17 appendixes--including the kindergarten survey, the Interest Inventory, student data, a comparison of testing instruments, and sample assignments--are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.