ERIC Number: ED334567
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Jul
Improving Reading Skills and Motivating First Grade Children through the Use of the Newspaper.
Meyer, Sarah Janane
A practicum was developed which implemented an alternative to using a standard reading textbook, by using the newspaper as a learning tool to supplement the existing reading program over a 12-week period in a first grade class. The program centered around a collection of techniques and strategies used to motivate and increase young children's reading skills. The goal was to increase the frequency of independent reading (and thus motivation), to increase vocabulary development, and to increase the critical thinking skills of first-grade students. Students engaged in daily structured newspaper activities over a 12-week period. At the conclusion of the program the frequency of independent reading, vocabulary, motivation, and thinking skills was significantly increased. Evaluation devices such as tests, surveys, logs, and journals showed positive results and significant gains. (Three tables of data are included; 5 appendixes--containing a reading survey of students, lists of students' pre- and post-implementation reading levels, a newspaper survey of students, and tallies of target group responses over a 12-week period--and 18 references are attached.) (Author/PRA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.