Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Marie Colette Roy, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

African American children--Language; Black English; English language--Study and teaching--African American students


The purpose of this study was to present in a concise form a review of the literature concerning the relationship of the language pattern of Black urban children for reading achievement. To this end, it was necessary to review the difference between Black English and standard English, to consider what effect, if any, these differences have on reading achievement and to review the programs suggested for use in reading instruction for Black urban children that are based on a consideration of the child's language pattern. The writer of this paper was concerned with the literature most recently published in the area of study and thus included only literature published in the last six years unless the material was considered to be particularly significant to the topic development.


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