Authors: Elisavet Zavala1 & Josh Cuevas2
1Teacher Education Department, College of Education, University of North Georgia, USA
2Teacher Education Department, College of Education, University of North Georgia, USA
Abstract: This study tested two instructional methods meant to improve elementary students’ automaticity, phonemic awareness, oral fluency, and reading comprehension. Twelve 1st grade students received either repeated reading or rhyming poetry instruction. A matched group design was used, and then a single subject analysis was employed to determine if either of the methods was associated with improvements in students’ reading achievement, oral reading fluency, and attitudes towards reading. Findings indicated that students who experienced the rhyming poetry intervention tended to show greater improvements in reading comprehension and oral reading fluency, while those exposed to repeated reading showed mixed results. Students from both conditions showed similar improvements in attitude toward reading, though those in the rhyming poetry group showed slightly more improvement in the area. Overall results suggest that both methods may be beneficial to students’ reading but that rhyming poetry instruction may have greater potential for students at this level.
Keywords: Repeated Reading, Rhyming Poetry, Reading Fluency, Automaticity, Reading Comprehension, Phonemic Awareness
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