Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Fall 2009

School

School of Education

Primary Subject Area

Education, Elementary

Disciplines

Curriculum and Instruction | Educational Methods

Abstract

The thesis focuses on strategies for developing reading comprehension skills in relation to expository, or informational, text and the need for this type of instruction in contemporary elementary classrooms. Comprehension is the final product of reading, and therefore should require attention and emphasis during literary instructional time. Many students enjoy reading narrative text, as it is more relational and has a storyline or plot, so expository text is often neglected and considered uninteresting. However, as students begin the upper elementary grade levels, almost all of their reading experiences include informational text, such as textbooks. Through instructing students how to read expository text for meaning, the teacher better equips her children to read actively and with purpose. By understanding the importance of reading comprehension and strategies that increase reader knowledge, teachers and students will have a greater appreciation for the significance of comprehension skills and place a higher emphasis on expository texts in the classroom.

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