Date Approved

6-26-2007

Embargo Period

3-30-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching: Collaborative Education

Department

Interdisciplinary and Inclusive Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

Children's literature; Moral education (Elementary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education and Teaching

Abstract

A fourth-grade reading class was taught a unit in character education to determine if there was increase in knowledge from the pre-test to the post-test after using children's literature and other supplemental activities. The unit was broken up into six different traits; fairness, trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, caring, and citizenship. Each trait was taught over the course of a week while integrating two children's books highlighting the particular trait of focus for the week. The children were also taught using activities, worksheets, journal prompts, awards, and discussions. A teacher journal was also kept to note important findings. The students pre-tests indicate that the children were a little unclear of the definitions of the different character traits. However, after a week of activities, including reading appropriate children's literature there was an increase of their knowledge of the particular trait. The students showed that using children's literature along with supplemental materials is a successful way to teach character education.

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