Capstone/Dissertation Title

Listening for many voices: a unit of study for fourth grade readers

Term

2011

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Abstract

This curriculum design study seeks to answer the question, How can I design a unit of study for fourth grade students that builds reading comprehension and student collaboration with a focus on multiple perspectives? The literature review explores best practices in teaching reading comprehension and cooperative learning strategies, and combines these with findings on selecting and incorporating authentic, unbiased multicultural literature into the reading workshop framework. Using the findings of the literature and the backwards by design curriculum design model, the capstone presents a unit of study for fourth grade readers based in the comprehension strategy of questioning. The unit seeks to incorporate high quality, explicit instruction in comprehension using collaborative learning strategies and high-quality multicultural literature in order that students are able to recognize and value their own voices as well as the often silenced voices of others.

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