Event Title

Reading on Target: A New Literacy Strategy for Improving Reading Comprehension

Poster Number

06

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Carol Marchel

College

College of Education

Department

Curriculum and Pedagogy

Honors Thesis Committee

Carol Marchel, Ph.D.; Cheryl Mader, Ed.D.; Bettie Parsons Barger, Ph.D.

Location

Rutledge

Start Date

22-4-2016 12:00 PM

End Date

22-4-2016 2:00 PM

Description

Reading is a key skill for students to be successful in life. According to a study done by the American Educational Research Association, a student who cannot read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate than one who scores proficient in third grade. There are five parts of reading that students must master – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This research is about the effects of a new literacy strategy designed to target reading comprehension through vocabulary improvement. This strategy, known as “Reading on Target” utilizes a graphic organizer focused on increasing student vocabulary. This organizer addresses three aspects of vocabulary – definition, proper use of the word, and importance of the word. Research shows that developing new vocabulary positively impacts reading comprehension and the overall reading level of the student. Reading on Target has been tested with a group of fourth grade students who scored below grade level on standardized tests at the end of third grade. Initial data indicates that Reading on Target positively impacted the reading comprehension and overall reading level of the participants.

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Southern Regional Honors Council Conference, Orlando, Florida, March 2016

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Reading on Target: A New Literacy Strategy for Improving Reading Comprehension

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Reading is a key skill for students to be successful in life. According to a study done by the American Educational Research Association, a student who cannot read on grade level by third grade is four times less likely to graduate than one who scores proficient in third grade. There are five parts of reading that students must master – phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This research is about the effects of a new literacy strategy designed to target reading comprehension through vocabulary improvement. This strategy, known as “Reading on Target” utilizes a graphic organizer focused on increasing student vocabulary. This organizer addresses three aspects of vocabulary – definition, proper use of the word, and importance of the word. Research shows that developing new vocabulary positively impacts reading comprehension and the overall reading level of the student. Reading on Target has been tested with a group of fourth grade students who scored below grade level on standardized tests at the end of third grade. Initial data indicates that Reading on Target positively impacted the reading comprehension and overall reading level of the participants.