Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2006

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Gail Goss

Second Committee Member

Andrea C. Sledge

Third Committee Member

Nancy E. Jurenka


Best practices for teaching comprehension using informational text with intermediate students were researched. Using information and knowledge gained from this research, a series of teacher in-service workshops was created. Subjects addressed in the workshops include differences between narrative and expository text, expository text structures, reading as a metacognitive process, strategies for activating and or building background knowledge, strategies for building vocabulary, and effective use of graphic organizers. The workshops will be presented to the intermediate teaching staff at Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary School in Yakima Washington.