Brad Stibbe

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Action Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Literacy and ESL)

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

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English language--Study and teaching--Foreign speakers; Social sciences--Study and teaching; Reading comprehension; Concept mapping


The purpose of this research study is to assess the effectiveness of concept-map correction, summarization, and conversation on the comprehension of English language learners (ELLs) of social studies texts. The students selected for this five-week study are four seventh-grade students from a suburban school district in the Midwest. The study began with a pre-test. After the pre-test, the students read a different passage from their social studies book each week. Every week each students individually corrected a concept map, wrote a summary, and had a conversation about the content they had studied. At the end of five weeks, a post-test was given. The results of the study concluded that students improved or maintained in their comprehension of the social studies content they were expected to know.


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