Graduate Research Papers


Open Access Graduate Research Paper


There are no picture books about the mandated third grade unit in Des Moines that study the capital city's major historic sites. The purpose of this research is to provide a new age-appropriate illustrated informational book to be used with the Des Moines capital city unit. The format will contain photographs of the historical sights that are studied in third grade as well as multicultural locations and events enriching the city's diversity.

The template for this project will be shared with the original developers of the project, 3 third grade teachers involved in teaching the unit, and five students entering fourth grade this fall will all be polled for their input.

The targeted audience for this project is third grade students, teachers and parents with the hope that students in grade kindergarten through fifth grade will also benefit from this picture book. The book is designed to motivate elementary readers to actively explore their community and feel a connection with the city's cultural history.

Year of Submission


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Department of Curriculum and Instruction


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara Safford


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Date Original


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