Date of Award

12-2007

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Department

College of Education

Abstract

Students often have very little experience with textbooks before they reach the middle and upper grades. Teachers of content areas in these grades also have very little resources available to help these students. In this study, a curriculum was developed to teach specific non-fiction conventions to 6th grade students in a history classroom. The purpose of the study was to test the hypothesis that this developed curriculum would positively impact these students’ abilities to use non-fiction conventions while reading their textbook. The results of the study revealed that after being taught the developed curriculum, the students made improvements and showed growth in their knowledge and use of these conventions, as measured by a pre-post test. This thesis discusses these results and the effectiveness of the curriculum in order to help teachers understand how to improve expository reading skills of their students.

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