Term

Spring 2018

Capstone

Capstone Project

Degree Name

MALED

Facilitator(s)

Elizabeth Will

Content Expert

Kathryn Kattula

Abstract

Teaching literacy units based on language arts standards alone can leave some students lacking background knowledge and vocabulary that is necessary to deeply comprehend what they read. This reality led to the asking of the research question What is the impact of thematic, interdisciplinary teaching on students’ reading engagement and achievement in a language immersion setting? A review of pertinent literature was conducted regarding thematic, interdisciplinary instructional methodology, content area literacy, research-based practices for multilingual learners, and student engagement. In response, a thematic, interdisciplinary curricular unit capstone project was developed to provide students a learning context for literacy tasks. The four week unit created centers on the common theme of The Science and Engineering of Slime and incorporates language arts and content area objectives in a reader’s and writer’s workshop model for instruction.

Project Type

Curriculum

Keywords

Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Reader's/Writer's Workshop

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