Integrating Literacy Strategies into the Math Classroom to Improve the Math Skills of English Language Learners


Summer 8-11-2014



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Jennifer Carlson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Katie Wichterman

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Kate Gant


The research question addressed in this project was: What literacy strategies can be integrated into a fifth grade math classroom to improve the math skills of English Language Learners? The motivation behind this capstone was to support English Language Learners who struggled with math concepts due to language and literacy barriers. The capstone explains four very beneficial literacy strategies that can be incorporated into the math classroom. These include anticipation guide, using errors to enhance learning, oral and written expression, vocabulary books. The key influence of this capstone was D’Ambrosio, Johnson, and Hobbs book Educating Everybody’s Children (1995). The author of the capstone creates a data analysis unit with literacy strategies used for each day of the lesson. The author determined that: 1) all students benefited from having literacy strategies integrated into their math classroom; 2) English Language Learners showed the greatest growth using these strategies.


ESL/ ELLs, Mathematics


Alternate title:

A literacy strategy based fifth grade data analysis curriculum that is beneficial for English language learners

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