Title: Reading Programs for Students in the Lower Elementary Grades: What Does the Research Say?
Author: Briggs, Kerri L.; Clark, Catherine
Publication Information: Texas Center for Educational Research, Austin. Junior Great Books Program; Reading Recovery Projects; Success for All Program; Writing to Read Program
ERIC number: ED420046
Abstract: This report aims to disseminate research findings about reading programs for early elementary grades in a summary format useful for educators. The report features programs with clear descriptions and useful research, programs for non-English speaking children and research on basal reader series were not included. The four sections of the report address: (1) comprehensive classroom approaches to reading instruction (Cooperative Integrated Reading and Composition; Exemplary Center for Reading Instruction; Open Court; The Slingerland Approach; SRA Reading Mastery; and Success for All); (2) classroom supplements to reading instruction (Accelerated Reader; Junior Great Books; and IBM's Writing to Read 2000); (3) small group approaches to reading instruction (Alphabetic Phonics and Project Read); and (4) tutoring approaches to reading instruction (Auditory Discrimination in Depth, Helping One Student to Succeed; Programmed Tutorial Reading; Reading One-One, Reading Recovery, and Recipe for Reading). In each section, three aspects of each program are described: (1) instructional strategies and curricular contents incorporated by the program; (2) resources needed to implement the program; and (3) evidence of the program's effects. A list of elements of research-based reading programs concludes the report. Contains 73 references.