Date Approved

1-12-2018

Embargo Period

1-17-2018

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

Kedley, Kate

Subject(s)

Content area reading; Limited English-proficient students

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education | Secondary Education

Abstract

The study introduced high school English Language Learners to close reading strategies to use when reading difficult content area texts, with a particular focus on discussion, prior knowledge, vocabulary, and self-generating questions. The students participated in multiple measures to see if they developed metacognitive awareness in employing the strategies. Findings revealed that the students adapted quickly to using the strategies with teacher support, and that they began to internalize them. Implications for teacher research are discussed.

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