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ERIC Number: ED552309
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 238
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ISBN: 978-1-2679-0738-7
The Practicality of Poetry: Using Sonnets to Improve Reading Ability
Vallicelli, Arthur E.
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Northern Illinois University
This dissertation examines the way in which sonnets improved reading comprehension through a case study. The study was conceptually framed around the ideas of the New Critics, who employed two particular fallacies to ensure the most accurate reading of literature. The purpose of the study was to see the potential benefits that could come from reading sonnets over a two-week period through different methods, which included in-class analysis and reading as well as homework analysis and reading. A concept map, which is a particular type of graphic organizer used in classrooms today, was employed to create organized notes for the participants. To identify any potential development in reading comprehension, a pretest and posttest was administered. To further examine and develop the results, eight participants engaged in a focus group; also, eight participants were interviewed individually to gather data for the researcher to analyze. After the study was concluded, there was sufficient evidence to identify an increase in reading comprehension for the participants of the study. Both the quantitative and qualitative data pointed to a gain in reading comprehension. This leads the researcher to believe that sonnets may be a tool that might have greater benefit in developing reading skills. To conclude the dissertation, the researcher expands on ways that sonnets might lead to better reading instruction in high school. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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