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Improving Comprehension In The Content Area Of American History Through The Use Of Poetry Versus Content Through Prose Form For Fourth-Grade, Urban, African American Students, Vici Patanella May 1997

Improving Comprehension In The Content Area Of American History Through The Use Of Poetry Versus Content Through Prose Form For Fourth-Grade, Urban, African American Students, Vici Patanella

Education and Human Development Master's Theses

This study explored the effects on comprehension of content material taught through poetry as opposed to teaching through prose form. Subjects involved were twenty-two African American students in a fourth grade classroom within a large city school district in Western

New York. The researcher placed students into two heterogeneous groupings based on the comprehension levels from the May, 1996 Degrees of Reading Power test administered in that district.

All students involved in the study received instruction through both formats (poetry and prose) over a four day period. Students in both groups were taught content through poetry one day and received ...