Date of Award

Spring 5-10-2016

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Kathleen Olmstead

Abstract

This qualitative research case study explores the impact that fiction reading has had on one 10 year-old child’s literacy experience and learning. The Common Core State Standards have been adopted across the United States; the Standards prescribe educational milestones for each grade level, K-12. Literature and informational texts are represented throughout the State Standards for English Language Arts. The purpose of this study is to explore and observe one elementary-level student’s interactions with literary, fiction texts, in order to learn about the impact fiction reading has had on the child’s literacy experience. Within this qualitative research study, I inform elementary-level instruction and educate teachers on the implications of using fiction texts in the classroom. As a result of the triangulation of my data collection with peer reviewed research, I was able to find that the reading of fiction has impacted my focus learner in three unique ways. The three found themes translated to my research findings: fiction is used to teach lessons and morals, fiction is read for pleasure, and fiction is used to aid story sequencing and comprehension.

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