Date Approved

3-10-2020

Embargo Period

3-12-2020

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.A. Reading Education

Department

Language, Literacy and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Browne, Susan

Second Advisor

Lee, Valarie

Third Advisor

Madden, Marjorie

Subject(s)

School children--Books and reading; Culturally relevant pedagogy

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Language and Literacy Education

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of using culturally relevant picture books to enhance social and emotional learning in a fourth grade classroom. The study utilized the expertise of three different educational professionals, the literacy coach, the school social worker and the fourth grade teacher. Two Social Emotional Learning competencies were paired with three multicultural picture books. Students followed the procedure of discussion based upon what they already knew, what they wanted to learn and finally, after the reading and dialogue, what they learned. Students were asked about their prior knowledge of particular cultures and what they knew about a particular competency goal such as what it meant to be self aware. A K-W-L chart was utilized throughout the three lessons as well as a written portion of reflection at the end. Through the study it was determined that students felt that they related to the stories as they related to either their own culture or that of someone they knew. Students who recognized themselves in the readings were more involved in the dialogue as well as through written expression.

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