Scrambled Pangolin
Cara Rudolph
Dr Annie B Jamieson Elementary
Floor Location : J 020 D

Reading is a part of everyday life. As a student in the classroom, we read various materials every day.  
Whether digitally or through print, sometimes our eyes can catch spelling mistakes and other times, we do not. Most individuals can still read efficiently even if a word in a sentence is spelled wrong, or if two letters in a word are switched. However, how far does this ability extend? Can you read an entire paragraph of deliberately misspelled words in under 2 minutes with no mistakes? Will you be able to read the paragraph while also retaining some information - enough to answer simple recall and comprehension questions?  

My study tests the ability for students in grade 6 and 7 in their ability to read a paragraph with words that are deliberately scrambled up. These “scrambled” words were arranged such that the first and last letters remained the same while the letters in between were randomly scrambled. Results showed that the majority of students were able to answer simple comprehension questions after reading the paragraph. It was interesting how the speed of reading does not correlate to accuracy as the individual who read the slowest made about the same number of mistakes as the person who read the paragraph the fastest. Given this information, my hypothesis was incorrect, because i thought that students would be able to read the entire paragraph out loud in under two minutes, but the average time reading was more than two minutes. I also thought that students would make no mistakes, but all the students made at least three mistakes.