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ERIC Number: ED512895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov-21
Pages: 68
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Reading Comprehension across Different Genres: An Action Research Study
Lubawski, Michael; Sheehan, Caitlyn
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Reading comprehension is often a forgotten skill in secondary classrooms. Teachers of older students assign readings of different styles and levels, but don't teach the skills necessary to process different kinds of texts. This study examined which strategies are effective in giving students the skills necessary to read for understanding by answering the question: what strategies can be used in order to improve students reading comprehension across different genres? Data was collected from six low-performing tenth grade students via observations in the classroom, student testing, and student feedback. Data showed small improvements overall and that genre had an effect on the success of the different comprehension strategies. Overall, the process seemed worthwhile because the students became both more successful and more confident in their abilities. Appended are: (1) Student Reading Habits Survey; (2) Sample of Teacher Checklist; (3) MCAS Tests; (4) Frankenstein Tests; (5) Student Post-Survey; (6) Pre-Reading Survey Text--Grade 10; (7) Student Comprehension Results by Strategy across All Genres; (8) Reading Comprehension Results by Strategy in Fiction (Taking into Account Previous Strategies Taught); (9) Post-Survey MCAS Data; and (10) Post-Survey Frankenstein Data. (Contains 4 figures.)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 7; High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System