Spring 2018


Capstone Project

Degree Name



Elizabeth Will

Content Expert

Molly Brown


The research question addressed in this project was, how can NWEA MAP data be utilized to create scaffolded and differentiated instruction that advances student mastery of literary standards and deepens student understanding of literary text? This question was addressed by creating a literary unit that aligns to the NWEA MAP learning continuum. The unit integrates differentiation strategies and scaffolding techniques to help students of all levels successfully master literary standards and deepen their understanding of literary texts. The author documents the related research literature used to construct the unit and describes the details of the unit. Additionally, the author describes her successes implementing the unit in her own 8th grade classroom. Major conclusions of the project are: 1) differentiation strategies can be used to increase student engagement; 2) utilizing testing data in the classroom, while time consuming, is a valuable practice to help students of all levels master evidence ­based analysis.

Project Type



Curriculum, Literacy, NWEA Map Test

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