Erik Gajeton

Date of Award

Spring 4-25-2016

Document Type

Education 530 Project

Degree Name

Master of Education



First Advisor

Guth, Nancy

Major or Concentration



Literacy is an incredibly vital skill that all students must master in order to be successful in today's world. For a long time, comprehension has been the long-term goal of teachers to instill in their students. Through comprehension, students are able to identify the main parts of a text they read. However, literacy must extend beyond simple comprehension. Students must become active participants in their reading, and this can be done through critical literacy. Through critical literacy, students are able to read move beyond comprehension by identifying authorial intention, connecting text to their own lives, and encouraging social commentary and change. The following research presents critical literacy as an effective tool in teaching literacy and comprehension. Results from the study show a positive correlation between making text-to-self connections and reading comprehension. These results enhance the literature on how critical literacy can be effectively used by teachers in the elementary classroom.

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