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The research questions addressed in this project are, what genres and Theme progressions are common in the History Alive! text, and what linguistic resources make up Themes? The aim of this capstone was to inform the instruction of English learners when using a secondary level social studies text, by understanding how language is used in this genre. This research presents rationale for a text analysis using the Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) approach, then utilizes this method to conduct an analysis guided by the research questions. The author discusses the findings, focusing on implications for learner comprehension and instruction. The author found that an SFL analysis resulted in a deeper level of textual understanding, identifying specific ways that language is used to make meaning in the social studies genre. This understanding can be used to tailor instructional and literacy strategies to address the specific demands and traits of the text.
Ripley, Laura Beth, "A Systemic Functional Linguistics Approach to the Academic Language in Seventh Grade Social Studies" (2015). School of Education Student Capstones and Dissertations. 195.