Capstone/Dissertation Title

Modifying reading curriculum to increase literacy achievement in adolescent African American males

Term

2013

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Abstract

The capstone question addressed in this project was, how can a sixth grade reading curriculum be modified in order to provide interesting and meaningful lessons for struggling African American adolescent males? The inspiration for this capstone was the author's struggle with below grade level males' interest and success in reading. Based on the research and findings of Alfred Tatum, the author modifies the current sixth grade reading curriculum integrating Tatum's Multiple Literacies Approach . In addition, the importance of incorporating texts written by and for African Americans and other meaningful texts at the center of literacy instruction to promote positive and effective messages is researched. The author also documents the background of this group, as to why there is an achievement gap, and what teachers and schools can do to improve the literacy for African American adolescent males in the classroom for future success.

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