Capstone/Dissertation Title

How the implementation of classroom libraries at the secondary level impacts students and staff

Term

2007

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

Concerned that high school students were not reading for pleasure, classroom libraries were implemented in 9th grade English. Research shows students who have access to books and time to read them increase their interest in reading and improve literacy skills. Once approval and funding were attained, teachers previewed young adult literature, selected titles, determined how to integrate the resources into their curriculum, participated in staff development focused on booktalks, silent sustained reading, self-selection of materials, motivating reluctant readers, and follow-up activities. Student and teacher surveys were used to collect data to determine time spent on reading, attitude towards independent reading, and literacy development. Positive results encouraged 10th and 11th grade English classes to add them next year. Book lists, surveys and teacher's manual included.

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