Thesis Title

Meaningful Reading: Broadening Perspectives Through Literature

Graduation Date

Spring 1995

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form


Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name



This study examines strategies for enhancing understanding in the classroom through various literary genre including historical fiction, biographies, autobiographies, classics and contemporary novels. By using different forms of literature, students can gain global awareness and broad perspectives, and develop an appreciation for the literacy, historical, cultural and emotional content in books.

Strategies explored include making meaning out of text, using prior knowledge and using an holistic approach to literature. When these strategies are applied to reading material in its various forms, students learn to make connections in a meaningful way. Through literature, rather than textbooks, the learner can obtain a wide range of information.

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