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ERIC Number: ED411667
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 13
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The Effects of a Classroom Trade Book Collection on Middle School ESL 5/6 Students.
Sheveland, Dawn
A study investigated the effects of having a classroom book collection on the reading comprehension, reading attitudes, and reading habits (quantity and type of books read) of 54 students of English as a second language in two middle school classes in southern California, grades 5 and 6. Approximately half of each class had access to a collection of trade books within the classroom; the other half relied on books from the school library, to which regular class trips were made. Students recorded their voluntary reading in folders in the classroom, and voluntary reading groups were stratified and changes measured based on this record. Students were administered a reading attitudes survey, and a guided written story retelling as a measure of reading comprehension. The classroom trade book intervention took place over 12 weeks, and attitude and comprehension measures were re-administered. Although the cooperating teacher did not follow through on a number of elements in the experiment, including proper recording of voluntary reading and modeling of reading for pleasure, five students in the intervention group persisted in recording their reading habits. All read in series; one read 78 books. The intervention group had significantly higher comprehension scores, although all scores remained low. Contains 31 reference. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Language: English
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