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)

Silent reading; Books and reading

Disciplines

Language and Literacy Education | Secondary Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to document the engagement levels and classroom discussions students have after reading their independent reading novel. The specific aim was to see how students respond using their independent reading books when class discussions are centered around an essential question. Classroom reading behaviors, student-led classroom discussions, interviews, and exit tickets were analyzed. The students were engaged as active readers when reading their chosen silent reading book to find the answer to an essential question. After, the students engaged in meaningful conversations using their silent reading books as guides before some students offered personal responses while answering the essential question. The implications for teaching using essential questions to engage students when reading independent reading selections are discussed.

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