Creating A Culture Of Independent Reading Among African American Students, Especially Black Males

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School of Education Student Capstone Theses and Dissertations

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Franklin Clemenson, Donna Carol
At-risk Students; Literacy; Reading; Culturally Relevant Teaching; Education; Professional Development
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The research question addressed in this project is: How can I create a culture of independent reading among African American students, especially black males? The goal is to help motivate students to become lifelong readers who will be prepared to develop their life choices into great successes. The author examines the history of education of African Americans and the ensuing achievement gap. She discusses literature on the topic of motivating African American students, especially males, to see the value of reading and education, and includes literature on culturally relevant teaching. She documents three areas of teaching that influence the development of a culture of readers. These are vocabulary, independent reading, and teacher read-alouds. Research has shown that teacher read-alouds have a positive impact on independent reading, so the teacher shared read-aloud project was developed. The structure and implementation of the read-aloud project are documented and described for use by others.