Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Winter 2011

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Keith Saylor

Second Committee Member

Deborah Haskell

Third Committee Member

Janet Finke


The focus of this project is to provide a variety ofreading comprehension strategies for reluctant readers at Adams Elementary and also to demonstrate the need for a supplemental handbook that addresses the "gaps" with the Walk to Read program (spiral curriculum). This research will reveal that teacher guidance facilitates student learning, motivates students, and provides opportunities to dialog with classmates in a context of creating connections. The project includes a discussion related to the rationale supporting this project, along with a review of related literature. The repertoire of reading strategies in this project is designed to encourage the student to think about and interact with text in a variety of ways. It is hypothesized that one result of integrating reading strategies will be to enhance reading comprehension and improve reading skills.