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Reading and Literacy Research Articles


Oral Reading

Reader’s Theater and Its Affect on Oral Language Fluency, Robin Kozub, San Diego State University, May 16, 2000

Abstract: The participants in this study were two third grade girls, of middle and lower academic achievment, including one English Language Learner (ELL), and 1 third grade boy of middle acdemic achievement at a Title I school.

The most significant finding of this study was that all three students, as a result of participation in reader’s theater, developed their oral fluency in terms of phrasing, smoothness, pace, juncture, intonation and stress. The data suggests that the intervention positively affected the growth of my three students’ oral language fluency. The ELL student’s results were no different than those of the other two students. All made fluency gains. The assertions made as a result of the study were supported by the data.

The study sought to discover the value of reader’s theater participation on students’ growth in oral language fluency.

Internet Resources for Conducting Readers Theatre, by Lila Carrick

Introduction: The Internet can be a valuable source of information for teachers who use or plan to use Readers Theatre in their classrooms. This article provides a brief description of Readers Theatre and its many benefits for literacy learning, and goes on to describe Internet sources for scripts and for information on implementation, additional classroom applications, and assessment. The article concludes with an annotated list of useful Web sites for Readers Theatre.