Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2003

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Carol L. Butterfield

Second Committee Member

Andrea Bowman

Third Committee Member

Steven A. Schmitz


Reading comprehension is a continuous process of evolving thinking. When readers read, they carry on an inner conversation with the text. Readers respond with wonder, delight, and even outrage. They question the text, argue with the author, and nod their heads in agreement. They make connections, ask questions, and draw inferences to better understand and learn from what they read. Programs that involve parents in their children's education have been found to have a positive influence on a child's academic performance and cognitive development. Secondly, book-reading experiences have correlated strongly with success in reading, leading experts to conclude that preparing parents to read aloud to their children on a regular basis would support the children's success in school. Thirdly, the uses of Reader Response Logs are beneficial to preadolescent children to encourage vocabulary comprehension and writing. Finally, graphic organizers are used to assist learners' comprehension by highlighting main ideas and showing the relationships between the main ideas and supporting details.