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READING HABITS OF SECONDGRADERSAction research to determine the best method ofencouraging autonomy in second grade student...
RESEARCH QUESTIONHow can I encourage autonomywhile guiding and improving thereading habits of my secondgraders?
PROBLEM CONTEXT AND RATIONALE Who am I as a professional? Bachelor of Arts in English from RhodesCollege Completed K-12...
PROBLEM CONTEXT AND RATIONALE Current work and action research setting andcontext Urban elementary school 542 students ...
SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS84 second-grade students in fourhomerooms Each homeroom visits the libraryonce a week for 30 mi...
PROBLEM CONTEXT AND RATIONALE How my question relates to my work context This group of students had never been allowed t...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE “School library collections are not merelyextensions of classroom book collections orclassroo...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Lance & Hofschire(2012) From 2005 to 2011,student reading scoreson standardized testsimprove...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASESYSTEMS OF DETERMINING READABILITYPROVE INCONSISTENT Lively &Pressey (1923) Created the first...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Lexile Levels Heavily associated with new Common Core Standards Measures “text complexity” ...
LEARNING THEORIES Amritavalli (2012):Learner autonomy andleaner-chosen texts Guthrie&Alvermann(1999): Engagedreaders re...
DEVELOPMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS OF YOURLEARNERSThe students in my sample are in thestage of concrete operations accordingto...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Key Ideas and Details  Ask and answer suchquestions as who, what,where, when, why, and howto...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Craft and Structure  Describe how words and phrases(e.g., regular beats, alliteration,rhymes...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Integration of Ideas  Use information gained fromthe illustrations and wordsin a print or di...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Range of Reading andlevel of Text Complexity Read and comprehendliterature, includingstories...
PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE American Association of School Libraries Standardsfor the 21st Century Learner Standard 4: P...
ACTION PLAN Over the course of six weeks, I experimented withthree different methods of conducting checkout withsecond gr...
DATA COLLECTIONResearchJournalPreSurveyBook-specificSurveyATRIUUMReportsPostSurvey
DATA COLLECTION Research journal to record observations aboutstudent responses and behavior during theresearch Pre and P...
FINDINGS Students expressed a preference for the checkoutmethod that combined book talks and facilitatedaccess with freed...
EVIDENCE: PRE SURVEY I like checking out books: I read my whole book bymyself The books that I choose areusually My fa...
EVIDENCE: POST SURVEY I like checking out books: I read my whole book bymyself The books that I choose areusually My f...
EVIDENCE: PREFERRED CHECKOUT METHODI like it whenWe can check outany book with nosuggestions33.33%We can check outany book...
EVIDENCE: BOOK SPECIFIC SURVEYSI read all/most of my bookMethod oneunrestricted90.15%Method twounrestricted w/book talks 9...
EVIDENCE: BOOK SPECIFIC SURVEYSI read my book by myselfMethod one63.89%Method two72.06%Method three76.71%
EVIDENCE: BOOK SPECIFIC SURVEYSI really liked this bookMethod one74.65%Method two79.41%Method three77.46%
CONCLUSIONS This action research was helpful in determining thebest method of checkout for my second graders. Ifeel that ...
VARIABLES TO THE STUDY The second week of the study was spring break, soI could not collect any data that week. Suggesti...
NEXT STEPS Going forward, I plan to spend more time at thebeginning of the school year helping studentsbecome oriented to...
FUTURE RESEARCH QUESTIONS How can I better connect with kindergarteners atthe start of the school year to help them trans...
REFERENCES Amritavalli, R. (2012). Helping children becomereaders. Language and Language Teaching. 1 (1). Clausen-Grace,...
REFERENCES Krashen, S. (2001). The lexile framework: Unnecessary andpotentially harmful. California School LibraryJournal...
REFERENCES Ray, M. (2012). A blip in a word cloud--unless weact. Teacher Librarian, 39(4), 56+. Standards for the 21st c...
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  1. 1. READING HABITS OF SECONDGRADERSAction research to determine the best method ofencouraging autonomy in second grade studentswhile improving their choice and independentreading of library books.Kristy Dallas Alley901-262-5451U00056393
  2. 2. RESEARCH QUESTIONHow can I encourage autonomywhile guiding and improving thereading habits of my secondgraders?
  3. 3. PROBLEM CONTEXT AND RATIONALE Who am I as a professional? Bachelor of Arts in English from RhodesCollege Completed K-12 Language Arts certificationalongside undergraduate work Fifteen years as a secondary English teacher Currently a first-year librarian in an elementaryschool
  4. 4. PROBLEM CONTEXT AND RATIONALE Current work and action research setting andcontext Urban elementary school 542 students in pre-K-5 Approximately 2/3 African-American, 1/3 Hispanic,fewer than 10 Asian and white children combined 96% of students received free or reduced lunch Many Hispanic students speak no English upon arrival Many Guatemalan families speak dialects that do notexist in written form, have never been literate
  5. 5. SETTINGS AND PARTICIPANTS84 second-grade students in fourhomerooms Each homeroom visits the libraryonce a week for 30 minutes 59 African-American students 25 Hispanic students 54 males, 30 females
  6. 6. PROBLEM CONTEXT AND RATIONALE How my question relates to my work context This group of students had never been allowed to checkout books, which I did not know at the start of the schoolyear Second grade is plagued with behavior problems thatmake free checkout and reading time difficult There was a pattern of students checking out certainbooks they could not read because of a “cool” factor I wanted to find a method of helping students choosebooks with the maximum autonomy while stillencouraging them to pick books they could really readand enjoy
  7. 7. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE “School library collections are not merelyextensions of classroom book collections orclassroom teaching methods, but rather placeswhere children can explore interests safely andwithout restrictions. A minor’s right to accessresources freely and without restriction has longbeen and continues to be the position of theAmerican Library Association and the AmericanAssociation of School Librarians.” Best practice: Allow students to select books in the leastrestrictive environment possible
  8. 8. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Lance & Hofschire(2012) From 2005 to 2011,student reading scoreson standardized testsimproved in schoolsthat gained or retaineda school librarian National Assessment ofEducational Progress(2008) States that gainedschool librarians from2004-05 to 2008-09showed greaterincreases in 4th gradereading scores than didstates that lostlibrarians during thistime period
  9. 9. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASESYSTEMS OF DETERMINING READABILITYPROVE INCONSISTENT Lively &Pressey (1923) Created the first widelyused readability scalefor books Basis of systems usedby schools nationwidefrom 1923 through thepresent day Based on the“vocabulary burden” ofa given book Vogel & Washburne(1928) Combined the Presseymethod with analysis ofsentence structure,paragraph structure,weight of book, andtype face to placebooks at a specificreading grade level
  10. 10. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Lexile Levels Heavily associated with new Common Core Standards Measures “text complexity” based on a combination offactors Lexile bands do not match closely to previousreadability systems and tend to be more demanding Lexile is criticized for its inability to account for content,resulting in placing books like Steinbeck’s Of Mice andMen at a grade 3-5 level
  11. 11. LEARNING THEORIES Amritavalli (2012):Learner autonomy andleaner-chosen texts Guthrie&Alvermann(1999): Engagedreaders reading is best learned when achild shows interest in readingand when every child choosesthe text which is at the rightlevel of challenge and interestfor that child Joint functioning of motivation,conceptual knowledge, andsocial interactions duringliteracy activities
  12. 12. DEVELOPMENTAL CHARACTERISTICS OF YOURLEARNERSThe students in my sample are in thestage of concrete operations accordingto Piaget’s four stages of learning. Beginning to understand thedifference between genres andtypes of books
  13. 13. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Key Ideas and Details  Ask and answer suchquestions as who, what,where, when, why, and howto demonstrateunderstanding of key detailsin a text Recount stories, includingfables and folktales fromdiverse cultures, anddetermine their centralmessage, lesson, or moral Describe how characters ina story respond to majorevents and challenges.TN Department of EducationReading StandardStudents should be able to
  14. 14. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Craft and Structure  Describe how words and phrases(e.g., regular beats, alliteration,rhymes, repeated lines) supplyrhythm and meaning in a story,poem, or song Describe the overall structure ofa story, including describing howthe beginning introduces thestory and the ending concludesthe action Acknowledge differences in thepoints of view of characters,including by speaking in adifferent voice for each characterwhen reading dialogue aloud.TN Department of EducationReading StandardStudents should be able to
  15. 15. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Integration of Ideas  Use information gained fromthe illustrations and wordsin a print or digital textto demonstrateunderstanding of itscharacters, setting, or plot. Compare and contrast twoor more versions of thesame story (e.g., Cinderellastories) by different authorsor from different cultures.TN Department of EducationReading StandardStudents should be able to
  16. 16. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE Range of Reading andlevel of Text Complexity Read and comprehendliterature, includingstories and poetry, inthe grades 2–3 textcomplexity bandproficiently, withscaffolding as neededat the high end of therangeTN Department of EducationReading StandardStudents should be able to
  17. 17. PROFESSIONAL KNOWLEDGE BASE American Association of School Libraries Standardsfor the 21st Century Learner Standard 4: Pursue Personal and Aesthetic Growth Students should read, view, and listen for pleasure andpersonal growth; read widely and fluently to makeconnections with own self, the world, and previousreading seek information for personal learning in a variety offormats and genres; connect ideas to their own interestsand previous knowledge and experience organize personal knowledge in a way that can be calledupon easily
  18. 18. ACTION PLAN Over the course of six weeks, I experimented withthree different methods of conducting checkout withsecond graders in the library, with the goal ofdetermining which method resulted in the highestnumber of students reporting that they read all ormost of their book on their own and that theyenjoyed the book. Methods included Completely unrestricted access to every book in thelibrary with no guidance Unrestricted access to all books, but with strongguidance Narrowly restricted access to books only within Lexilebands recommended for second grade
  19. 19. DATA COLLECTIONResearchJournalPreSurveyBook-specificSurveyATRIUUMReportsPostSurvey
  20. 20. DATA COLLECTION Research journal to record observations aboutstudent responses and behavior during theresearch Pre and Post survey about general reading habitsand feelings regarding library books Book-specific survey correlated to the method ofcheckout used when the book was obtained ATRIUUM (circulation software system) reportsconfirming specific titles checked out each week
  21. 21. FINDINGS Students expressed a preference for the checkoutmethod that combined book talks and facilitatedaccess with freedom to choose any book. The preferred method resulted in the highestpercentage of students reporting that they read allor most of their book that week. The preferred method was the only one thatresulted in zero “I didn’t read my book” responsesfor the week. Student responses about their favorite type of bookchanged significantly between the pre and postsurveys.
  22. 22. EVIDENCE: PRE SURVEY I like checking out books: I read my whole book bymyself The books that I choose areusually My favorite books are Yes 97.26%, No 2.74% Always: 50.68%; Usually: 36.99%;Sometimes: 9.59%; Never: 2.74% Too hard for me to read by myself:13.89%; Just right: 47.33%; Reallyeasy: 38.89% Picture books with just a few wordson each page: 29.17%; Picturebooks with a lot of words: 31.94%;Chapter books: 38.89%Question Response
  23. 23. EVIDENCE: POST SURVEY I like checking out books: I read my whole book bymyself The books that I choose areusually My favorite books are Yes 98.65%, No 1.35% Always: 61.33%; Usually:14.67%; Sometimes:22.67%Never: 1.33% Too hard for me to read bymyself: 15.07%; Just right:52.05%; Really easy: 32.88% Picture books with just a fewwords on each page: 45.33%;Picture books with a lot of words:32%; Chapter books: 22.67%Question Response
  24. 24. EVIDENCE: PREFERRED CHECKOUT METHODI like it whenWe can check outany book with nosuggestions33.33%We can check outany book but Ms.Alley tells us aboutspecial books47.22%We can onlychoose books fromthe tables 19.44%
  25. 25. EVIDENCE: BOOK SPECIFIC SURVEYSI read all/most of my bookMethod oneunrestricted90.15%Method twounrestricted w/book talks 91.05Method threerestricted to myselections 81.95
  26. 26. EVIDENCE: BOOK SPECIFIC SURVEYSI read my book by myselfMethod one63.89%Method two72.06%Method three76.71%
  27. 27. EVIDENCE: BOOK SPECIFIC SURVEYSI really liked this bookMethod one74.65%Method two79.41%Method three77.46%
  28. 28. CONCLUSIONS This action research was helpful in determining thebest method of checkout for my second graders. Ifeel that this information can also be applied toother grade levels. Participation in the surveys had the unintended butdesirable consequence of giving the students asense of agency in the way they chose and readtheir books. Conducting the book talks for a few books at onceforced me to skip reading whole chapters andinstead focus on just giving a few details to hookstudents’ interest, and the students were better ableto stay focused and attentive.
  29. 29. VARIABLES TO THE STUDY The second week of the study was spring break, soI could not collect any data that week. Suggestions from book talks I gave prior to thisresearch influenced student book choice.
  30. 30. NEXT STEPS Going forward, I plan to spend more time at thebeginning of the school year helping studentsbecome oriented to library procedures andexpectations so that checkout options will not haveto be limited by behavioral problems. I also plan to use book talks systematicallythroughout the year to focus on different genresand formats of books in the library. I am looking forward to sharing the results of myresearch with the community of librarians in myschool district, as well as my principal and theteachers at my school.
  31. 31. FUTURE RESEARCH QUESTIONS How can I better connect with kindergarteners atthe start of the school year to help them transitionboth in and outside the library? How can I better engage my most reluctantreaders, especially in fifth grade?
  32. 32. REFERENCES Amritavalli, R. (2012). Helping children becomereaders. Language and Language Teaching. 1 (1). Clausen-Grace, N. & Kelley, M. (2009-2010). Facilitatingengagement by differentiating independentreading. The Reading Teacher, 63, (4) pp.313-318. Defining text complexity. (2013). The Lexile Framework forReading. Metametrics. DuBay, William H., (ed.). (2002). The classic readabilitystudies. Impact Information. Guthrie, J.T. & Alvermann, D.E. (1999). (Eds). Engagedreading: Processes, practices, and policy implication.New York: Teachers College Press. Fry, E. (2002). Readability versus leveling. The ReadingTeacher, 56, (3) pp. 286-291. Killeen, E. (2012). Precious children. TeacherLibrarian, 39(4), 60.
  33. 33. REFERENCES Krashen, S. (2001). The lexile framework: Unnecessary andpotentially harmful. California School LibraryJournal, 24(2): 25-26. Lance, K., & Hofschire, L. (2012). Change in schoollibrarian staffing linked with change in CSAP readingperformance, 2005 to 2011. Denver, CO: Colorado SState Library, Library Research Service. Lane, K. & Marks, R. (2008). Is there a positiverelationship between public library services and earlyreading success? School Library Journal. Paris, S. (2002). Center for the Improvement of EarlyReading Achievement: Measuring Childrens ReadingDevelopment Using Leveled Texts. The ReadingTeacher, 56, (2) pp. 168-170. Position Statement on Labeling Books with Reading Levels.2011. American Association of School Libraries.
  34. 34. REFERENCES Ray, M. (2012). A blip in a word cloud--unless weact. Teacher Librarian, 39(4), 56+. Standards for the 21st century learner. (2007).American Library Association Supplemental information for appendix A of thecommon core state standards for Englishlanguage arts and literacy: New research ontext complexity. (2012). Council of ChieState School Officers. Tap the school library to bring a wider world tostudents. (2012, March-April). AmericanTeacher, 96(4), 4.
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