Masters Theses/Capstone Projects

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Curriculum and Instruction (MAE)

First Committee Member

Susan Constable, Ph.D.


Carrie Scheckelhoff, Ph.D.

Second Committee Member

Grace McDaniel, Ph.D.


English Language Learners, Refugees, Language Experience Approach, Oral Language, Literacy, Story Dictation

Subject Categories

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Disability and Equity in Education


The purpose of this project is to present a literacy curriculum designed specifically for emergent English Learners (ELs) and refugee students. The curriculum utilizes the Language Experience Approach (LEA) to support ELs in their literacy learning as well as capitalize on student strengths in oral language. In order to design this curriculum, literature research was conducted with two questions in mind: 1. How can the strengths of refugee students’ be utilized in a literacy curriculum? 2. In what ways could a Language Experience Approach­based curriculum support emergent ELs in their literacy development? Once these questions were answered through thorough literature research, the curriculum was then created by incorporating both best practices for emergent ELs and refugees, as well as strong components of LEA instruction. The sample unit plan was then implemented into an EL classroom. Student work samples from the classroom implementation are included as guides for other educators interested in incorporating this curriculum into their own classrooms.



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