Date of Award
Master of Science in Education (MSEd)
Education and Human Development
Lee Ann Townsend
Classic literature continues to complicate reading for middle school struggling readers. Although research has been conducted on struggling readers and strategies to help them, the purpose of this study was to examine struggling readers in conjunction with classic literature. Using the methodologies of historical research (Barone, 2011) and content analysis (Stahl & Hartman, 2011), the current study examined why students struggle to read and comprehend classic literature. Results suggest that text structure including organization and use of graphics complicate comprehension. Language features such as conventionality, vocabulary, sentence structure, and meaning complicate reading. The results also suggest that knowledge demands such as life experiences, intertextuality, and cultural knowledge complicate connecting to the text. Implications of results are discussed.
Merriam, Susan A., "Classic Literature and Struggling Readers in Middle School Grades Five through Eight" (2015). Education and Human Development Master's Theses. 555.