Date of Award

Spring 6-2-2020

Document Type

Education 530 Project

Degree Name

Master of Science



Department Chair or Program Director

Davis, Janine

First Advisor

Wells, Melissa

Major or Concentration

Elementary Education


The purpose of this research was to investigate how drawing affects third grade students’ reading comprehension. Students participated in two phases of this action research. First, students read and completed a comprehension quiz. For phase two, students read, drew a picture to show what they remembered from the story, then completed the same comprehension quiz as before but as it related to the second story. The goal was that students were able to express better comprehension after drawing and they did just that. Student scores for response accuracy improved, and even more significantly, scores for depth of response on comprehension questions improved, all with an arts integration intervention for reading comprehension.