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A practicum was designed to motivate first-grade students in a rural community in the southeastern United States to read independently for pleasure in the classroom and at home. A whole language program was implemented which did not include the use of basal readers or workbooks. Children's literature was the primary source used for reading instruction. Whole language activities and reading materials were provided for the students. The 23 first-grade students had the opportunity to read books from the classroom library and check out books from the school library. They were encouraged to take their library books home and share them with their families. All parents were asked to participate by reading to their children at home and encourage their children to read to them. Analysis of the data revealed that students read at least one book per week during their free time from the classroom library. Students also checked out at least one book from the school library per month. The students who took one library book home per month shared their books with their parents. (Contains 21 references and 6 tables of data. Appendixes present a reading list form and a parent verification form.) (Author/RS)

Descriptors: Childrens Literature, Grade 1, Independent Reading, Instructional Effectiveness, Primary Education, Recreational Reading, Student Motivation, Whole Language Approach











Author: Gunter, Johnette C.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=9069&id=ED384857







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