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Diaries--Authorship; Reading--Parent participation; Family literacy programs;


"When schools encourage children to practice reading at home with parents, the children make significant gains in reading achievement compared to those who only practice at school" (Tizard, 1982).

Throughout my teaching career I have always worked with many students who are from homes that do not participate often in school and do not appear to have school-like literacy activities as a part of their family culture. I want to find a way to involve all families as collaborators in increasing their children's literacy achievement, because I feel this will benefit the children academically and also create a love of reading as a family. I started thinking about what I could do as a classroom teacher to get my students involved in extra literacy activities while they were outside of school. This led to my creation of a reading program in my classroom that is designed to promote literacy and to encourage parent involvement, with an overall goal of improving academic scores of students.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Deborah L. Tidwell


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