Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gail Goss

Second Committee Member

Andrea C. Sledge

Third Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka


The focus ofthis project was to create activities that would encourage Kindergarten through Fourth grade elementary students in the use of nonfiction texts for personal enjoyment and information gathering. The project consists of activities designed to increase reading of nonfiction by the early elementary student. The activities are developed based upon a review of research that indicates improved reading comprehension of expository text among students who are taught to use interactive strategies. The activities include activation of prior knowledge through K-W-L, various graphic organizers, and DR-T A/DL-TA and providing a method for the reader to discover the structure or organizational pattern of the text through read-alouds, book making, and hands-on experiences. These activities are created specifically for use with a Kindergarten through Fourth Grade Library to integrate with activities within the classroom.