ERIC Number: ED439395
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Collaborative Action Research Summary. How To Help Children Learn To Read.
A study examined the effectiveness of specific teaching strategies in the reading curriculum that would help underachieving first-grade students meet reading standards by the end of the school year. Subjects, 6 underachieving students, were given the Basic Phonics Skills Test (BPST), the Results high frequency word list, and the Results reading test at the beginning, middle, and end of the school year. Three strategies and interventions were used: phonics/phonemic awareness instruction, reading in leveled decodable books at least four times a week, and learning the first 100 high frequency words. Parents were also encouraged to participate: students took the decodable books home and read them to their parents. Results indicated that (1) the scores on the BPST correlated with the reading level scores of the students; (2) students who returned their decodable books each day and exchanged them for new books had higher reading scores than those who did not read at home each day; (3) the more high frequency words a student knew, the higher his/her reading level was; (4) parents believed the strategies were key to their child's successful reading development; and (5) students who read at home on a consistent basis showed more of a desire to read independently. An action plan based on these findings includes assessing students' reading progress throughout the year; teaching phonemic awareness; teaching a daily systematic program of phonics instruction; teaching the first 100 high frequency words; using leveled/decodable books; having students take home books; and involve parents in their child's reading development. (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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