Date of Award/Publication

Fall 2010

Document Type


Degree Name

MS in Literacy Education



First Supervisor

Joellen Maples


This study examined closely the benefits of reading aloud to 5 th and 6 th grade students. Research was conducted in a 5 th grade regular education classroom as well as a 5 th and 6 th grade selfcontained classroom. Data was collected through classroom observation, teacher, parent and student surveys and short answer comprehension questions. The findings show that parents and teachers both enjoy reading aloud to their children. It was also found that primary teachers read aloud to their students more than intermediate teachers. Students were also able to utilize the necessary comprehension skills such as inferencing, predicting, visualizing, and making connections. In order to increase students‟ comprehension, teachers must practice reading aloud daily to their students.

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