Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 1990

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Arne Sippola

Second Committee Member

David N. Shorr

Third Committee Member

Franklin D. Carlson


Literature about the basal reader approach and the whole language approach to teach reading was reviewed. The reviewed literature for this project supports using the best of both teaching methods with the goal being to teach more whole language-like. This could be done by starting with the basal series required by the school district and then easing into a more whole language approach as the individual teacher feels comfortable with it. The goal of the teacher should be to make language learning whole, purposeful, and meaningful. Activities based on these assertions about language were compiled.