Capstone Project Title
Patty Born Selly
The research question addressed in this capstone project was: How can text sets be used in a middle school social studies classroom to teach critical literacy? This capstone project is based on the premise that integrating critical literacy strategies through the use of text sets is one way to address the lack of reading strategies being taught in social studies classrooms. The Immigration Text Set designed for this project focused on the Minnesota State Sixth Grade Social Studies Standards while highlighting the critical literacy strategies of problem posing, alternative perspectives, and seeing beyond the bias. This project developed an electronic and physical text set which includes 38 differentiated and multimodal texts, each accompanied by a summary, reading level and ISBN number. The project also includes a text set criteria checklist, examples of critical literacy strategies with suggested classroom activities using the Immigration Text Set, as well as Minnesota sixth grade social studies standards alignment for the unit. The results of this research suggests that more work can be done to complete the remaining sixth grade social studies standards, starting with the land cession treaties and fur trade units.
Literacy, Reading, Social Studies, Middle School
Balkus, Brenna C., "Utilizing Text Sets To Teach Critical Literacy: Bringing Literacy Into The Social Studies Middle School Classroom" (2019). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 309.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects