Capstone/Dissertation Title

Using the principles of universal design for learning to create a cross-curricular, thematic unit aligned with state standards, national standards and district content area curriculum expectations

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This capstone is a study that applies the principles of Universal Design for Learning to create a cross-curricular, thematic unit, which is aligned with state standards, national standards and district content area curriculum expectations. It stems from the desire to make English language instruction as inclusive as possible in a diverse setting of mixed sixth, seventh and eight grade, middle school, English language learners. Key influences for this work include Carol Anne Tomlinson's differentiated instruction, Grant Wiggins' and Jay McTighe's Understanding by Design and The Center for Applied Special Technology's work on Universal Design for Learning (UDL). This capstone is an action research study that includes the creation of a teachable unit, daily journal, curriculum alignment chart and examination of UDL principles. The capstone concludes that it is possible and feasible with the support of technology to create instructional units that are inclusive in diverse settings.

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