The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Readers' Theater on second grade student's oral reading fluency and prosody, reading comprehension, and student's attitudes towards reading. This study was a repeated measure design consisting of three four-week units with Readers' Theater implemented as treatment in the second of the three units. The study was carried out in one second grade classroom over the course of 12 weeks. Data was collected in the form of pre- and post-assessments for each of the three units. The results of the study indicate that over the duration of the study, Readers' Theater helped maintain and improve oral reading rates and prosody for second grade students. Although the data did not indicate that Readers' Theater had a direct impact on reader's attitudes, the students enjoyed Readers' Theater. Following the study, students asked daily for additional Reader's Theater time, expressing their motivation and interest in reading.
|Advisor:||Moskal, Mary Kay|
|Commitee:||Metcalf-Turner, Phyllis, Niermann, Gemma|
|School:||Saint Mary's College of California|
|Department:||School of Education|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 50/03M, Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Theater, Elementary education, Literacy, Reading instruction|
|Keywords:||Comprehension, Fluency, Prosody, Readers' theater, Reading, Second grade|
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