Spring 5-11-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Jennifer Carlson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

LeAnn Millender

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Erin Haley Strub


The research question addressed in this capstone was, How can a text set be used to promote critical literacy skills in a fifth grade social studies unit surrounding the topic of American Colonization? This capstone describes current research on how critical literacy skills are taught by providing students with rich and meaningful texts focused on a chosen topic. The goal of this project was to create a text set that could be used in a 5th grade social studies unit centered the topic of American colonization. The accompanying curriculum utilizes these texts in stimulating activities that challenge readers to look critically at the texts and the authors who wrote them. The author offers details and rationales to support the use of such techniques and provides evidence that links these activities to research while describing how these strategies can be used across the content area.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Curriculum, Content Area Literacy, Critical Literacy, Social Studies

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