Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Readers' theater; Reading;
This study examines how Readers Theater can support the literacy development of struggling readers, especially in regards to improving fluency. The study was done over two school years, each time focusing on four students with the lowest fluency scores. The study focuses on using Readers Theater to increase student's fluency. The first year fiction Readers Theater was used, while the second year the focus was on using nonfiction Readers Theater. The results indicate that using Readers Theater has a positive impact on increasing student's fluency and disposition towards reading. The study showed an increase in students' WCPM from their baseline reading to the final nine weeks. According to the Elementary Reading Attitude Survey, students' attitude and motivation towards reading improved. Measured by one assessment, McCall-Crabbs three minute comprehension assessment, students' scores remained the same or showed a slight decrease.
Date of Award
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Lynn E. Nielsen
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©2013 Adrianna D. Cavanaugh
Cavanaugh, Adrianna D., "Using readers theaters to help students develop reading fluency" (2013). Graduate Research Papers. 41.