Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair
James Brickwedde, Ph.D
Secondary Advisor/Reader One
The research question addressed in this capstone project was: How can a mathematics geometry curriculum unit be organized to support and develop academic language for fourth grade students through meaningful engagement strategies? The author reviewed literature in the areas of English as a Second Language and mathematics and synthesized best practice methods for teaching common to the two disciplines. The author found that explicit teaching, practice, and support of academic language is vital and beneficial for linguistically diverse learners, with attention to word, sentence, and discourse dimensions. Mathematics is rich in language, particularly when lessons are structured to allow students to develop their own understanding. The developed curriculum unit anticipates common possible misconceptions and necessary academic language support structures. The lesson modules include desired results aligned with Minnesota State Standards in Mathematics, an assessment evidence statement that measures academic language development and mathematics concepts, and a learning plan with engaging student-centered learning activities that teachers can implement with fourth grade students.
Pazandak, Rachel J., "Developing Academic Language In The Context Of A Fourth Grade Mathematics Geometry Curriculum Unit" (2017). School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations. 4306.