Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1990

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Randy Wallace

Second Committee Member

Joe Schomer

Third Committee Member

David N. Shorr


This project introduced four learning strategies using the sixth grade social studies textbook, The World (Cangemi, 1986) as a framework to enhance reading comprehension. The strategies were selected because they: activated background knowledge, set a purpose, and encouraged active thinking while reading. The project explained each strategy, demonstrated how each could be implemented to promote active comprehension in a content area text, and developed lessons to teach students to incorporate the strategy while reading a social studies textbook.