MA Reading Education
Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education
College of Education
Books and reading; Critical pedagogy
Language and Literacy Education
The purpose of this study was to research how fourth and fifth grade students interact in a book club when presented with the provocative text, Bud, Not Buddy (Curtis, 1999). Students were provided with an open forum to discuss controversial topics such as race and social class during one of the most difficult times in American history, The Great Depression. The study was an open observation of the evolution of the book club, individual student responses, and peer communication. The study evaluated (1) how provocative text play a role in the discussions that the students have, (2) how teacher questioning and prompting have an effect on student responses, and (3) in what ways does a book club format create community. It also examined (4) how does a book club give students the freedom to discuss and critically think about difficult topics.
Barbato, Danielle N., "Using critical literacy with 4th and 5th graders in a book club format" (2019). Theses and Dissertations. 2655.