Capstone/Dissertation Title

Selecting children's literature to enhance reading comprehension in a first grade classroom

Term

2013

Capstone

Thesis

Degree Name

MALED

Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone was, how can a collection of children's literature be selected to enhance reading comprehension in a first grade classroom? The motivation for this study was the need to align children's literature with reading comprehension strategies to model for young learners. The author used four of the comprehension strategies outlined in The CAFÉ Book: Engaging All Students in Daily Literacy Assessment and Instruction (2009) by Gail Boushey & Joan Moser. The four chosen strategies were use prior knowledge to connect with text predict what will happen, use text to confirm use main idea and supporting details to determine importance summarize text, include sequence of main events. The author compiled a literature guide of high quality children's literature for teachers to reference when planning reading comprehension lessons for young children.

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