Capstone Project Title
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.
Curriculum, ESL/ ELLs, Literacy, Reader's/Writer's Workshop
Johnston, Laura, "Thematic, Interdisciplinary Curricular Unit Developed For Fourth Grade On ‘The Science And Engineering Of Slime" (2018). School of Education Student Capstone Projects. 160.