Document Type

Graduate Project

Date of Degree Completion

Summer 2002

Degree Name

Master of Education (MEd)



Committee Chair

Andrea Bowman

Second Committee Member

Luetta Monson

Third Committee Member

Carol L. Butterfield


The purpose of this project was to create a home literacy backpack program to increase children's reading skills with parental help through the use ofliterature that is relevant and meaningful to the students. Research that was reviewed showed students learn how to read through a balanced form of instruction using children's literature. Reviewed research also indicated parental involvement to be positively related to children's success in school. Materials necessary to put together 35 take home backpacks are included in this project. Conclusions, recommendations and suggestions for implementation of the backpack program are also discussed.