Teaching Reading Comprehension Strategies

Period of Performance: 01/01/2004 - 12/31/2004

$100K

Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Seward, Inc.
2200 E. Franklin Ave.
Minneapolis, MN 55404
Principal Investigator
Firm POC

Abstract

The proposed project will develop and test a comprehensive, multi-media system for teaching reading comprehension strategies to elementary students, with an emphasis on making the instruction particularly appropriate for urban classrooms in which many students may be struggling readers. The system will have three major components: (1) A CD-ROM to train teachers to teach reading comprehension strategies. (2) A packet of printed material to provide teachers with everything needed to teach each strategy using a cutting-edge combination of ¿direct explanation of strategies¿ and ¿transactional strategies instruction,¿ two research-based approaches. Particular emphasis will be put on motivating students and giving them the selfconfidence and resolve that will make them life-long strategic readers. (3) A website to explain the nature of reading comprehension strategies, give an overview of how they are taught, and give teachers who are working with the strategies a means to share their experiences. In Phase I, these three components will be developed for teaching fourth-grade students a single strategy (summarizing) and evaluated in one urban school. In Phase II, the system will be expanded for teaching third-fifth grade students eight strategies and evaluated in several different schools.