Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Andrew Rummel


Curriculum and Instruction


This action research study focused on the effects implementing multiple reading strategies and reading activities had on student reading comprehension and motivation. Research was conducted with 56 students from a first grade, fifth grade, and seventh grade classroom. Data was collected from comprehension assessments, teacher observations, and the implementation of a book challenge adapted from The Book Whisperer: Awakening the Inner Reader in Every Child by Donalyn Miller. Activities from the book challenge included student self reflections, book reviews, reading journals, and student to teacher letter correspondences about reading experiences. Results indicated that student reading comprehension in each classroom improved with the implementation of these reading strategies. Implications of the study suggest that if teachers implement a variety of reading strategies, student comprehension can increase and students may become more motivated readers with more reading exposure. Because of the powerful results of student growth, the instructional and motivational techniques will continue to be implemented.

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