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MS in Literacy Education



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Joellen Maples


This study aimed to see if there was a correlation between a student’s interest in either fiction or nonfiction books and his/her ability to comprehend. The study was conducted by a classroom teacher and took place over a three-week period with eight students. The students and their parents were questions about what kinds of books interest them. Additionally, the teacher collected information on what kind of books the students took out of the library and the students’ overall exposure to both types of texts. The students’ interests were calculated and then compared to their comprehension abilities on both fictional and nonfictional texts. The study found that students are able to better comprehend nonfiction texts regardless of their interests.

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