The Impact of Readers’ Theater on Reading Fluency and Prosody on First Grade Students

Date of Award

Winter 12-19-2019

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Curriculum & Instruction


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

David Kupferman


Readers' Theater, fluency, prosody, primary students, elementary education


The purpose of this research is to determine the impact of Readers’ Theater on oral reading fluency of first grade students. Specifically, the study will look at identifying if there is a connection between the implementation of this instructional strategy with oral reading fluency rate measured as Words Correct Per Minute (WCPM) and prosody. The study aims to determine if implementing Readers’ Theater with beginning readers will have an impact on oral reading fluency. The study will be structured around oral reading fluency assessments given before and after the intervention. Students will read a short passage and will be scored based on the Multi-Dimensional Fluency Rubric (Adapted from Zutell & Rasinski, 1991) and WCPM.

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