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Document Type

Graduate Field Experience

Degree Name

Master Of Arts In Language And Literacy

Colleges & School

College Of Education And Leadership

First Advisor

Stephanie Lundgren

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Vocabulary--Study and teaching; Reading comprehension; Reading comprehension--Study and teaching


This study examined the effectiveness of using the Six Step Vocabulary Program developed by Marzano and Pickering (2004) to improve the comprehension of an expository text by sixth grade social studies students. Specifically, comprehension levels of a class of students were compared during two units of study, the Rome unit and the Middle Ages unit. During the Rome unit, students participated in Marzano and Pickering's Six Step Vocabulary Program. During the Middle Ages unit, no intervention was implemented. Comparisons of pre-test and post-test scores determined the comprehension levels attained by students during each of the units. They were all enrolled in the same social studies class in an intermediate school in a suburb of a large Wisconsin city. This strategy was most effective for students with high reading levels, but did not benefit all participating students.


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