Title

Theater as the Bridge: Prosody and Theater Methods that Increase Reading Comprehension and Student Engagement

Date

5-26-2016 5:00 PM

End Time

26-5-2016 6:00 PM

Location

ED 217

Department

Teacher Education

Session Chair

Alicia Wenzel

Session Chair

Melanie Landon-Hayes

Session Title

Teacher Education Presentations

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Heitho Reuter

Abstract

This project examines the use of theater-based instructional strategies as a means of increasing prosody, student engagement, and reading comprehension. Teachers need to assess automaticity through not just reading rate, as it is commonly been done, but through prosody as well to create a fluent reader. To understand what they read, students must be able to focus their complete cognitive capacity on developing the meaning of the text. Prosody takes the form of oral reading with expression that helps students develop meaning while they read. The collection of research in this project details how theater-based strategies can accomplish this.

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Theater as the Bridge: Prosody and Theater Methods that Increase Reading Comprehension and Student Engagement

ED 217

This project examines the use of theater-based instructional strategies as a means of increasing prosody, student engagement, and reading comprehension. Teachers need to assess automaticity through not just reading rate, as it is commonly been done, but through prosody as well to create a fluent reader. To understand what they read, students must be able to focus their complete cognitive capacity on developing the meaning of the text. Prosody takes the form of oral reading with expression that helps students develop meaning while they read. The collection of research in this project details how theater-based strategies can accomplish this.