Capstone/Dissertation Title

Just-right books: helping upper elementary readers develop successful book-selection strategies

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

This Capstone investigates the strategies that are most effective in helping upper elementary students successfully and easily choose just-right books for themselves. It documents one fourth-grade teacher's efforts to identify classroom practices that most effectively teach these strategies, and describes not only the strategies that proved most successful for students, but the most beneficial means of teaching and reinforcing them in a classroom setting. The author cites relevant research findings and professional writings on the topic, and combines these with the results of a year-long study to develop a clear summary of what really works for students. Among the most beneficial strategies for students were an exposure to and familiarity with a variety of writing genres, use of personal reading journals and reflective writing, an understanding of the best sources for finding ideas for new books, and a strong understanding of personal reading needs and preferences.

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