ERIC Number: ED459427
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-May
Implementing a Multifaceted Intervention Program To Increase First Graders' Literacy Skills.
Hradnansky, Terre A.
This practicum was designed to increase the literacy skills of first-grade students. Students were to improve their reading strategies necessary for success in reading through support from their families and through the use of cross-age reading tutors. A cadre of parent volunteers who presented four parent and child workshops focusing on early literacy skills was trained. The workshops had a modeling component, a practice portion, and follow-up activities that were to be completed at home. Another aspect of the practicum involved training a group of fifth-grade cross-age tutors to tutor the most at-risk first graders in literacy skills. All of these first graders were second-language learners. The 10 cross-age tutoring sessions were held during the school's designated early release time and focused on reading familiar and unfamiliar texts, word work, making books to take home, and phonemic awareness activities. The results of the practicum were positive. Analysis of the data revealed that first-grade students improved their literacy skills through support from their families and through the use of cross-age tutors. Parents, teachers, and students all reported positive attitudes towards working together as a partnership in education, specifically in the area of increasing the literacy experiences necessary for first graders to be successful in reading. Parent letters, parent evaluation forms for individual workshops, parent regret letters, parent celebration invitation letter, end of program parent evaluation form, and the end of program teacher evaluation form are attached. (Contains 66 references.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.