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The knowledge that vocabulary acquisition increases reading comprehension has led to the incorporation of various programs in language arts classrooms. This study examined the effectiveness of two vocabulary programs using a sample of 121 students in grades 6 through 8. Each grade level included two treatment groups that received the intervention during language arts class. One group received the Word Generation intervention; the other received Word Within the Word as the intervention. The study sought to answer the following questions. Which program, Word Generation or Word Within the Word, is more effective in increasing vocabulary and comprehension skills in middle school students? Does the implementation of a vocabulary program have a greater effect on student vocabulary acquisition and comprehension than general language arts instruction? Are students more motivated when given explicit vocabulary instruction? If so, does one program have more of an effect on student motivation than the other? This study is not yet complete. However, upon completion of the study, an increase in the Gates-MacGinitie vocabulary assessment mean score is predicted for each of the two treatment groups. No change is predicted in the reading comprehension or total reading scores for either group due to the short intervention period. In addition, no significant increase in student motivation is predicted.


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  • Subject
    • Education

  • Institution
    • Cumming

  • Event location
    • Nesbitt 5101

  • Event date
    • 13 March 2020

  • Date submitted

    19 July 2022

  • Additional information
    • Acknowledgements:

      Dr. Josh Cuevas