Fall 12-3-2015



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Stephanie Reid

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Amy Huset

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Brittany Cullen


The research question addressed in this capstone was, how can critical literacy be used to address social justice issues through a first grade social studies read aloud curriculum? The goal of research was to create a read aloud unit that reinforces social studies standards while addressing social justice issues and teaching students to evaluate text and challenge the power of text through a critical literacy approach to instruction. This curriculum relies on current research pertaining to critical literacy, effective classroom read aloud practices, and a backward design lesson template model. The author describes the details of the curriculum and connects the learning components to current relevant research while describing the ways critical literacy can be used with primary age students.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Curriculum, Social Justice, Teachers/ Teaching, Critical Literacy

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