Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Emigration and immigration in literature; Children's literature;
With an increasing awareness of immigrant students in American schools, this study sought to examine current upper elementary fiction portraying immigrant characters. The purpose of this research was to discover how immigrants are currently portrayed in upper elementary literature. Through engaging with high-quality literature, native-born students could gain a perspective on the experiences of their immigrant classmates and develop empathy for them. Nine upper elementary fiction books were examined and coded for initial and emerging themes. Four major themes emerged: Importance of Family, Language Conflict, Life After Immigration, and Identity Development. This research supports classroom teachers and teacher librarians in their quest to obtain high-quality literature to develop empathy for immigrant students.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Division of School Library Studies
Joan Bessman Taylor, Graduate Faculty First Reader
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©2020 Melissa N. Marwedel
Marwedel, Melissa N., "Portrayal of immigration in fiction for grades 4-6" (2020). Graduate Research Papers. 1406.