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Content area reading; Picture books for children--Educational aspects;


A child's academic success in the intermediate grades relies heavily on how well he or she can read and understand content area material (Abadiano & Turner, 2002; Allington, 2000; Harvey & Goudvis, 2000; Neufeld, 2005). This study examined the effect of using picture books as a pre-reading activity to enhance students' content area comprehension, vocabulary development, and interest level. Four students performing above grade level, one student performing at grade level, and three students performing below grade level participated in this study. Social studies curriculum was presented to the students via a textbook for two units. Picture books were added as a supplemental tool to the content area textbook for the third and final unit.

Students were assessed using end-of-unit tests, a survey, and a thought-bubble picture activity. The results indicated that students who typically perform below grade level performed better on their end-of-unit tests where picture books were utilized. In addition, student vocabulary knowledge and interest level increased when picture books were read aloud before reading the textbook.

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Curriculum and Instruction

First Advisor

Deborah L. Tidwell


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