Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


The most current National Center for Education Statistics data are that average reading scores of American adolescents have been essentially stagnant since 1971, generating concern about the ability of high school graduates to meet the literacy challenges of the twenty-first century. A 1925 study conducted by the National Committee on Reading formulated the concept of literature-based content area reading instruction, in which the substantive involvement of school librarians was seen as crucial for success. No recent research on the integration ofliterature into content areas at the high school level is available, but the effectiveness of such a strategy is implied by related research in reading, prompting articles in professional education journals describing the anecdotal benefits of such a practice. The conclusion leading to this work was that since few resources exist to support content-area reading, the limited time high school teachers have to locate quality literature in all genres necessary for such classroom instructional strategies is one of the basic impediments to establishing the practice of reading across the curriculum. The purpose of this study was to survey the content area curriculum of a representative public high school to create a comprehensive accessible print resource in the form of an annotated bibliography of curriculum related literature for the enhancement of content instruction, the encouragement of independent student reading, and the provision of a selection tool for collection development in high school libraries.

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Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara Safford


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