The Effectiveness of Explicit Instruction of Expository Text Reading Strategies on the Student Comprehension of 6th Grade Social Studies Content

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The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of explicit instruction of expository text reading strategies on the comprehension of sixth grade social studies content. This study was a quasi-experimental study completed using two groups of sixth grade students in four different social studies classes. One group of subjects, made up of two classes, received explicit instruction in two different expository text reading strategies for a four week period. The subjects were given a pre-test prior to the treatment and then a post-test following the treatment. The data collected from the treatment group were compared to a control group of students using an independent t-test and no significant differences were found after the treatment. Therefore, this study presented no significant improvement in the performance of students who did receive explicit instruction of strategies compared to those who did not.