For my case study, I will be instructing my students in the use of root words (lesson 1) and context clues (lesson 2) in order to improve reading comprehension. I have noticed an increasing problem with poor vocabulary skills in my students, causing difficulties in understanding unfamiliar words. I plan to teach the lessons to two of my fourth graders, one who is labeled a struggling reader and the other an advanced reader, and compare the results afterward. I will preassess the students using the MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) test in reading as well as through DIBELS with the retelling element. Progress throughout the period of the study will be measured with the DIBELS retelling, vocabulary activities, and discussion. The final determination of success will be measured with another MAP test and DIBELS assessment.
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