Education K-12 M.A.

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First Advisor

Rasmussen, Jay


This paper examines reading comprehension at the middle level. The literature review covers definitions of reading comprehension and then discusses specific challenges and characteristics of middle level readers, with a particular focus on the importance of engagement, visible thinking, and a growth mindset for middle level readers. Specific strategies and tools for teaching and assessing reading comprehension are explained and samples are provided. The importance of continuing literacy instruction at the middle level is emphasized throughout.

Degree Name

Education K-12 M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis

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