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The process of instructional development was engaged in to extend the literature base of a theme in a reading program for grade one. The theme of friendship, a part of the established curriculum, was chosen for the project. Works from the different genres of literature were found to offer many perspectives and related expressive activities. Along with teacher-directed instruction, learning centers, sustaining and specific to the theme, were developed to provide children with opportunities to take charge of their learning. This extended theme will offer a print rich environment in which children can be energized to engage in the language processes. As a result, their personal-social and thinking-language abilities can be enhanced. Also, the overall goal of nurturing lifetime involvement in reading can be furthered.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

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Jeanne McLain Harms


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