Teaching M.A.

Year Approved


First Advisor

Martin, Jill


Middle school students often find social studies classes boring and unnecessary and are underperforming on national reading and writing assessments. There is a disconnect between what they learn in the classroom, and their own personal experiences. This research explores strategies for teaching comprehension and literacy while fostering student motivation in middle school social studies. Research was conducted through online databases, educational websites, and printed educational books. Multiple strategies can be used to teach literacy of text and visual sources as well as increase student motivation. By using and combining these strategies, student achievement will increase and students will be set up for future success in and out of the classroom.

Degree Name

Teaching M.A.

Document Type

Masterʼs thesis