Date Approved

5-16-2019

Embargo Period

5-17-2019

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Second Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Third Advisor

Kedley, Kate

Subject(s)

Language arts (Middle school); Reading--Phonetic method

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this research study was to engage fifth grade students in multisensory instruction in order to improve reading, specifically at the complex word level. Embedding multisensory techniques can be effective in promoting engagement in reading for students in fifth grade. The goal of this research project was to determine the effects that multisensory instruction has on readers in fifth grade. The main research question that guided this study was: How does multisensory instruction support growth in reading for 5th grade students? Five students in fifth grade participated in a five-week study where data was gathered to determine their growth in reading, and their levels of engagement during each multisensory instructional strategy. The data suggests that incorporating activities that are comprised of more than one modality increases student's decoding abilities and reading engagement. Engaging students in instruction on morphological awareness, using multisensory strategies, increases reading performance.

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