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Action Research Paper

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Language And Literacy

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Michael Flaherty

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading comprehension; Reading comprehension--Graphic methods


The purpose of the study was to determine the effect of explicitly teaching expository text structure on second graders' social studies reading comprehension. Participants were 18 second graders from a small Midwestern town. All students were part of the same treatment group. The researcher instructed students on how to identify and comprehend compare/contrast and cause/effect expository text structure. The instruction for the text structures occurred for three weeks each for a total of a six week study. The researcher instructed students with modeling, guided practice and independent practice through the use of graphic organizers. Findings suggested very little effect of treatment. Several strengths and limitations of the study are discussed, as well as implications for future research.


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