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Moving out of silence: Helping struggling readers find their voices in text-based discussions

Hall, L. A. 
Paper presented at the National Reading Conference, Albuquerque, NM. (2009, December).

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This study sought to address the reading comprehension needs of struggling readers while also responding to their identities as readers. Rather than segregate struggling readers and give them different instructional experiences, this study considered how their participation with classroom reading practices might be changed if they were able to interact with students who shared similar perceptions about themselves as readers. The findings indicated that regardless of how they perceived themselves as readers, students who scored as reading below-grade level on the Gates-MacGinitie (2000) limited their participation during the first four to six discussions. However, over time struggling readers began to increase their talk about texts and comprehension strategies and take on leadership roles within their groups.