Date Approved

1-8-2018

Embargo Period

1-9-2018

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

MA Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Abraham, Stephanie

Second Advisor

Browne, Susan

Third Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Subject(s)

Reading comprehension; Reading (Primary)

Disciplines

Elementary Education | Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to discover what happened when students are given opportunities to discuss their background knowledge before reading an informational text and to discuss how their background knowledge changed and grew after reading the text. The specific aim of this project was to find out how students interacted with each other during these structured and scaffolded conversations. Transcripts of student conversations, student artifacts, observations of conversations, and a teacher research journal were analyzed. The group of students studied demonstrated the ability to learn from each other, expand on each other's comments, and address misconceptions. The implications for teaching literacy in a 3rd and 4th grade classroom are discussed.

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