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    • 44 Three Score and Ten in Retrospect headline 'Young Democrats Hear G.O.P. Scored," carried the following quote from Gov. Franklin D. Roosevelt of New York urging the audience to ''be Democrats by conviction as well as by inheritance" and that on...
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    • 17 of structure and organize it, they are better equipped to comprehend the information presented in the text (Moss, 2004) When presenting students with text passages, the passages should be selected with great care. The text needs to be well...
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    • 25 second grade level science and social studies core curriculums. The timeline of steps required to complete the study were as follows: 1. Administration of the pre-assessments on expository text comprehension, two days. 2. Whole class lessons...
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    • 37 A second evaluation instrument used in this study was a retell rubric. This rubric was designed to rate the oral retellings of each participant (see Appendix B). The retellings were used to measure the participants’ ability to analyze,...
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    • 41 Of the twenty participants in the study, 13 participants improved their scores by 1 to 2 points, 4 participants showed neither an increase nor a decrease in their scores, and 3 students’ scores decreased by 1 to 2 points. Figure 2. PALS 1-3...
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    • 42 graphic organizers presented in Appendix A. The participants were then asked to retell the information which was read to them. Their responses were scored on a retell rubric presented in Appendix B. Each response was ranked 0-4 with a possible...
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    • 43 Figure 4. Individual Participants’ Rankings on Retell Post-assessments by Instructional Groups To better compare these results with the pre-assessment results, the means from each of these subcategories was calculated and illustrated in Figure...
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    • 44 Figure 5. Mean Participants’ Rankings on Retell Post-assessment Research Question Two The second research question was assessed using the retell rubrics. A retell was used at the end of each two-week instructional period. The participants were...
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    • 49 The final comparison of each instructional group is shown in Table 1. All strategies began with a single retell pre-assessment mean result of 6.05. After all groups received instruction in each of the four instructional strategies, retell...
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    • 53 choice questions to many of the participants may have had an adverse effect on the PALS 1-3 assessment results. The findings of the retell assessments however, portrayed a more accurate representation of the participants’ knowledge of the topics...
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    • 57 actively participated in both the creation of the group organizers and their own individual organizers. The only concern that this instructor had with the group was that they finished the lessons early. They probably could have used a few more...
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    • 58 frontloaded new vocabulary. After seeing all of the strategies that are incorporated in text features instruction, it did not seem so unusual that they scored higher than the vocabulary and text structure groups. During instruction, participants...
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    • 25 to create their own custom tests. These tests can be used to get a more in-depth understanding of each individual’s weaknesses on specific objectives. YPP reports provide details about the skills and concepts tested and include the corresponding...
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    • 36 Table 2 Means and Standard Deviations for NWEA Language Usage Posttest Scores (LARITF11) ELL GENDER YPP Mean Std. Deviation N 0 F 0 208.96 11.179 27 1 217.34 11.117 35 Total 213.69 11.819 62 M 0 207.76 12.668 37 1 217.76 11.530 33 Total 212.47...
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    • 40 size (ηp2 = .049) indicates low educational significance, accounting for only 5% of the shared variance. The difference between means (8.97) for the ELL and non-ELL groups was significant (p = .004), in favor of the non-ELLs, but the effect size...
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    • 45 assessments, statistical significances were observed. A probable reason that a greater educational significance was not observed may be due to the learning curve that teachers experience in order to effectively use the assessment program....
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    • 46 Most of the Cherry Hill Elementary teachers have not taken full advantage of all of the features that the YPP testing program offers. The YPP assessment program consists of three components: CBM assessments, instructional exercises, and custom...
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    • 37 Chapter 5 Discussion In order to discuss the perception of the two charter schools in Iron County, we will look at the items of each survey as a comparison. This provides important perspective as each charter school has a very distinct mission,...
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    • 11 together (i.e. for, and, nor, but, or, yet, so). Common Core State Standards- The new curriculum adopted by Utah to be in practice by 2014 and used by forty-three other states in the union. Conjunctive Adverb- A word like “however” that joins...

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