Capstone/Dissertation Title

Vocabulary development with a whole class novel study

Term

2008

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MAEd

Abstract

The research question addressed in this project was what is a practical and effective way to teach and engage senior high students in vocabulary development? The capstone research was motivated by students' vocabulary deficit and the barriers that deficit presented to comprehension of literature. To Kill a Mockingbird was the whole class novel studied. The author conducted a review of related literature and provided the unit details. The project incorporated Martha Ruddell's Vocabulary Self-Collection Strategy and Michael F. Graves' Context-Relationship Procedure as well as aspects of teaching individual words, fostering word consciousness, teaching word-learning strategies, and providing rich language experiences. The capstone describes struggles and successes in the unit and concludes that the method is engaging but time consuming.

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