Fall 12-14-2016



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Bill Lindquist

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Katherine Vinje Stark

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kevin McGee


The research question addressed in this capstone was, How can science and literacy be integrated in a fifth grade curriculum? This capstone describes current research in science education, reading motivation and engagement, and the science and literacy connection. The goal of this capstone was to create a unit that would captivate students’ interests in science and use that interest as a catalyst to grow their literacy skills. This unit is designed to be used in a 5th grade Spanish immersion classroom centered on the themes of life science and non-fiction reading. The accompanying curriculum utilizes the Concept-Oriented Reading Instruction (CORI) Framework of John T. Guthrie (2004) to teach the two content areas of science and literacy in tandem. This capstone provides a 7-week unit which details the use of the CORI framework, links these strategies to research, and describes how this approach leads to greater reading motivation and achievement in science.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development


Curriculum, Literacy, Motivation, Science

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