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MS in Literacy Education



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Joellen Maples


This study examined how Project Based Learning (PBL) motivated students to read content area texts. Data was collected though observations, student questionnaires, recordings of student presentations, and student created artifacts. The data shows that students were motivated to read content area texts because they were allowed to work collaboratively and given choices through PBL. Not only were students more motivated to read, they also used a variety of literacy skills such as comprehension and discussion throughout the process of creating their projects. The data also shows that students worked together and problem solved to successfully complete their projects. Teachers who implement PBL into their classrooms will see an increase engagement in their students while fostering the development of essential skills in their students.

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