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ERIC Number: ED455502
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-May
Pages: 77
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Increasing Independent Reading Levels Using an Integrated Approach Emphasizing Direct Reading Instruction.
Hennenfent, Merris; Russell, Janet
This report describes a program for advancing reading skills in order to improve reading scores and individual achievement. The targeted population consisted of elementary students in a middle class community located in a Midwestern state. Standardized test scores and local assessment scores revealed that many elementary students were lacking the necessary skills to effectively read textbooks or materials at grade level. Analysis of probable cause showed students lacked skills related to letter-sound association, decoding strategies, and phonics. Reviews of curricula content and instructional strategies revealed a lack of direct instruction in these reading areas for student skill development. A review of solution strategies suggested by experts in reading, combined with an analysis of the problem setting, resulted in an intervention plan to supplement the reading curriculum with direct instruction in skill areas. At the conclusion of the intervention, data revealed a significant increase in reading skills of the targeted students. Students had gained reading strategies for phonemic awareness, decoding words, recognizing high-frequency sight words, and increasing individual reading levels. Appendixes contain student interview questions; student and parent reading survey instruments; a phonemic awareness survey; sight word tests; print concepts checklists; and consent letters. (Contains 26 references and 5 figures of data.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
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Language: English
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