Date of Award

2012

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Education and Human Development

First Advisor

Dr. Carol Wade

Abstract

The importance of mathematics and reading is paramount to the advancement of civilization. Research has shown that mathematics and reading, along with writing, have a strong correlation. The new Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in mathematics stress the importance of applying mathematical concepts to other subjects and real life. Interestingly, the mathematics and English curriculums have some objectives in common. Classic literature provides a unique context for mathematical concepts to be applied. Using classic literature to teach mathematics could allow students to engage in mathematics and literature more deeply. Example lessons and worksheets supported by research allow teachers to another avenue to assist student in the learning of mathematics. The two lessons provided include examples that are derived from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass written by Lewis Carroll. The lessons focus on a mix between teacher and student centered models. The first lesson is on using Venn diagrams. The second lesson is on the construction of truth tables.

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