RE 5040 Fall 2011
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Reply to Ruth Ann
Wed Nov 30, 2011 00:15

I was able to notice some improvement with comprehension with both groups of my students after Readers' Theater. Students had six opportunities to practice the text, reading silently, as well as orally. By that time, students were reading with expression, phrasing appropriately, and even gesturing with their hands on certain parts where it made sense. Although comprehension questions were not asked, I could tell that they understood what they were reading, not just calling the words, because of the way the interacted with the text and the comments they made about the text.

  • comprehension - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Nov 29 00:12
    I know your focus was on improving fluency but I wondered if you noticed any improvement in comprehension as your students became more comfortable with the readings?
    • Reply to Ruth Ann - atkinssh, Wed Nov 30 00:15
      • seeing comprehension - Ruth Ann Timmons, Wed Nov 30 12:13
        Wow, you are right. Even without formally assessing comprehension, it sounds like your students gave a great deal of both verbal and visual cues that indicated they were in fact understanding what... more
        • Reply to Ruth Ann - beasleycm, Sat Dec 3 11:14
          I saw improvement in comprehension after each strategy was used. However, it improved the most after reader's theater. Students were able to explain questioning more than what they had previously... more
          • Re: Reply to Ruth Ann - Ruth Ann Timmons, Tue Dec 6 16:47
            Sounds like another reason why reader's theater is a strategy worth implementing.
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RE 5040 Fall 2011