Using Repeated Readings of Poetry

to Boost Reading Prosody and Reading Attitudes

BEHIND THE SCENES:

As a graduation requirement for my MAEd-READ degree, I had to complete a literacy based action research study. I decided to explore ways to improve reading fluency and prosody after reflecting upon observations that had been made throughout my teaching career. I was also interested in learning more about the effectiveness of using repeated readings in the classroom to improve literacy skills. My goal was to determine if the repeated reading of poetry would have a positive impact on the reading prosody and reading attitudes of second grade students. This resource outlines the process of my action research and shares the results of the action research that I conducted.

THE PROPOSED RESEARCH QUESTION:

What is the Impact of the Repeated Reading of Poetry on Struggling Second Grade Students’ Oral Reading Prosody and Reading Attitudes?


The research paper that addresses this proposed research question is located below.

References

Guerin, A., & Murphy, B. (2015). Repeated readings as a method to improve reading fluency for struggling adolescent readers. Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, 58(7), 551-560. http://doi.org/10.1002/jaal.395


Laberge, D., & Samuels, S. J. (1974). Toward a theory of automatic information processing in reading. Cognitive Psychology, 6(2), 293-323.


Samuels, S. J. (1979). The method of repeated reading. The Reading Teacher, 32, 403-408.

REPEATED READING IN ACTION!

Repeated Reading

THE ACTION RESEARCH STUDY

Sample Schedule of Weekly Learning Sessions

Weekly Learning Session #1

· Teacher introduces the poem (activates prior knowledge, vocabulary, etc.)

· Teacher reads selection aloud while explicitly modeling fluency expectations (students follow with their own copy of the poem)

· Students echo-read the same selection (teacher reads and students repeat)


Weekly Learning Session #2

· Teacher reads selection aloud while explicitly modeling fluency expectations (students follow with their own copy)

· Teacher and students choral read the poem

· Students begin to partner read the poem


Weekly Learning Session #3

· Students partner read the poem

· Students recite/perform the poem for audience

· Students complete one extension activity if time permits

WILL REPEATED READINGS HELP MY STUDENT OR CHILD TO BE A BETTER READER?

Yes, all students are able to benefit from repeated readings. Repeated readings is a research based strategy that has been proven to be effective for decades. During my action research study, I chose to investigate the use of repeated readings of poetry on reading prosody and reading attitudes; however the repeated readings strategy can be used without the use of poetry as shown in the video clip included above.


Some of the benefits of repeated readings are listed below:



  • Helps all levels of readers with fact recall
  • Serves as a study strategy
  • Aids in students' identification of what's important in their reading, such as main ideas and vocabulary
  • Increases comprehension and results in more advanced questioning and insights
  • Leads to increased reading rate and increased word recognition accuracy
  • Assists struggling readers as they transition from word-by-word reading to more meaningful phrasing


Reference:

https://www.aea267.k12.ia.us/english-language-arts/reading/fluency/structured-repeated-reading/

RESOURCES

ABOUT ME

Hello, my name is LaQuitta Hinton. I am currently a second grade teacher in North Carolina. I have previously taught third grade for two years. I have always had a passion for working with children and for helping children. I am a graduate student at East Carolina University and I am working towards earning my MAEd in Reading Education. I decided to attend East Carolina to further my education after personally experiencing the struggles that students endure while on the path to becoming lifelong learners. Upon the completion of my degree, my ultimate career goal is to become a Reading Specialist.


Please feel free to contact me for more information about this action research study.