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Combining Social and Commercial Logic: Creating a Sustainable Stream of Books

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This study seeks to answer the research question of what is the optimal design for a not-for-profit that builds home libraries in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, ultimately preparing children for

This study seeks to answer the research question of what is the optimal design for a not-for-profit that builds home libraries in the Phoenix Metropolitan area, ultimately preparing children for successful school entry, promoting parent-child engagement, and increasing literacy rates. A relationship between concentrations of poverty in neighborhoods and low achievement in public schools proves that characteristics of the home environment, including lack of access to books, significantly hinders a child's success in learning to read. The average 5 year old from a middle-income home recognizes 22 letters of the alphabet while an average 5 year old from a low-income home recognizes only 9 (Hart and Risley 1995). The development of early literacy skills through at-home experiences with books is linked to a child's success in learning to read (Snow and Ninio 1986). In direct contrast to the high value of children's books, two thirds of low-income families own no books for their children (Dickinson 2006). Further, low-income households are disproportionately comprised of communities of color and English language learning households (Milem 2016). Additional resources on this topic depict that discrepancy in reading level and language development related to families' socioeconomic statuses are present even before children enter school. One potential method of addressing socioeconomic gaps in academic achievement is to provide children from low-income families access to high-quality, age-appropriate books. This strategic marketing plan analyzes the factors influencing reading comprehension and child literacy in Arizona to determine the method best suited to providing access to reading materials for children from impoverished homes in the Phoenix area. Primary research was conducted via interviews to analyze example business models. Gaps unfulfilled by existing organizations that seek to improve literacy rates led to the design of an organization called Bookshelf. Bookshelf mirrors a non-profit structure, which operates with a small team and large community involvement to deliver new and gently used books to children enrolled in Head Start, an early childhood education program for children from impoverished homes. Bookshelf is designed to work with the existing structure of the Head Start classroom, utilizing both the teacher-parent and parent-child relationship to deliver books into the hands of the target market and promote long-term reading and learning. By accessing the educational environment in each classroom Bookshelf can both enjoy multiple points of contact with the consumer while they attend Head Start, and provide resources for existing reading development programs.

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Loss of Language: A Designed Exhibit and Campaign on the Widespread Social Issue of Loss of First Language in the United States

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This is a collection on research into, and designed pieces pertaining to, the loss of language in the USA. In particular, the analysis and social consequences of English-as-a-second-language learners losing

This is a collection on research into, and designed pieces pertaining to, the loss of language in the USA. In particular, the analysis and social consequences of English-as-a-second-language learners losing their native language as they progress through American society. A number of factors have caused many American immigrants or natives to lose their first or family language, causing a cascade of personal and societal issues that range from educational deficiencies to federal and healthcare system failures.

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The Read Aloud Revolution: An Examination of the Read Aloud Practice and the Roles Fathers Play

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Reading aloud is an experience that provides children with cognitive and social emotional
benefits. Fathers are often not a part of this experience due to outdated gender roles that have

Reading aloud is an experience that provides children with cognitive and social emotional
benefits. Fathers are often not a part of this experience due to outdated gender roles that have led
to the classification of reading as a feminized activity. This review discusses the literature
surrounding the cognitive and social-emotional benefits of reading aloud to children. In addition
to academic literature, this paper takes into account the experiences of educators and parents
shared through social media and literacy organizations external to academia due to their presence
on the front lines of the reading aloud. This paper is divided into five sections, each of which
addresses a different domain of the read aloud practice. The first section is a personal narrative in
which the author shares a story surrounding her experience with read alouds to provide context
on why this topic was chosen for her undergraduate thesis. Section two addresses the importance
of read alouds in a child’s literacy journey and serves as a framework for the remainder of the
review. Section three discusses the vitality of the participation of fathers in the practice and
includes the explanation of the feminization of reading and the implications of the lack of fathers
within the read aloud experience. Section four discusses the implications of fathers taking an
active role in reading aloud. Lastly, section five serves as a resource pool for fathers, including
tips, a guide to community resources, and sample book lists.
Keywords: read aloud, gender roles, educator, literacy, parents, fathers

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Espacios de Existencia: Queer Latinx Visibility in YA Fantasy Literature

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This project seeks to probe into an unexplored horizon of young adult literature studies: the empowering potential of Young Adult Fantasy (YAF) with queer Latinx representation for queer Latinx youth.

This project seeks to probe into an unexplored horizon of young adult literature studies: the empowering potential of Young Adult Fantasy (YAF) with queer Latinx representation for queer Latinx youth. The two theoretical frameworks of analysis used in this project are: Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop’s concept of “Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Glass Doors” (1990) and Gloria E. Anzaldúa’s “Conocimiento” individuation journey.

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Runic Literacy in Anglo-Saxon England

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This paper argues that the Anglo-Saxons were runic-literate. Although there is scant runic evidence, conclusions are based largely upon an initial learning paradigm (although it is unclear what this paradigm

This paper argues that the Anglo-Saxons were runic-literate. Although there is scant runic evidence, conclusions are based largely upon an initial learning paradigm (although it is unclear what this paradigm might have been), and the subsequent transmission of runic knowledge orally. Runic evidence includes Cynewulf's poem, the Old English Rune Poem, the Falstone Text, the Coffin of St. Cuthbert, and the Franks Casket. Missionary work and the syncretic approach of the Church is also examined in order to shed light on runic literacy, as well as how a reformation of the futhorc (if it did occur) impacted runic literacy. The state of runic knowledge across the entire Anglo-Saxon period is also considered, since there was, by no means, an overwhelming runic literacy for the entire 500 years under examination. Nevertheless, there is evidence of a consistent knowledge of the runes, which precludes any possibility that runic knowledge was completely lost during this period. The Ruthwell Cross is examined, since it raises an argument against a widespread runic literacy. With all of this evidence in one place, and in no particular order, we can see that it was very probable that the Anglo-Saxons, lay and elite alike, were runic-literate.

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  • 2016-05

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Empowering Youths Through Foundation for Financial Success

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This thesis is broken down into two sections. The first being market research and the second being the creation of the financial guide. The first section includes our primary and

This thesis is broken down into two sections. The first being market research and the second being the creation of the financial guide. The first section includes our primary and secondary data. In this section, we discover whether or not there is an actual need for a financial guide among college students, as well as the relationships among different variables that we included in our survey. The second section comes in the format of a financial guide that we have created. It includes topics that that our survey respondents feel most pertinent to them. It also uses the data we collected to emphasize certain topics over others in order to educate our readers and capture their attention as much as possible.

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Dynamics of Community and Literacy Among Latino Families

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The Latino population is the fastest growing minority group in the United States (U.S Census Bureau, 2003). Such a rapidly changing demographic stresses the importance of implementing strategies into the

The Latino population is the fastest growing minority group in the United States (U.S Census Bureau, 2003). Such a rapidly changing demographic stresses the importance of implementing strategies into the community social framework to accommodate for cultural and language differences. This research paper seeks to answer: what factors influence the sense of community among Latino families in Phoenix? The following questions will help to assess the dynamic relationship between sense of community and literacy 1) what is the perceived importance of literacy among Latino families living in Phoenix? 2) How is language development reflected among the family dynamics within a predominantly collectivist culture? It is hypothesized that both collectivism and literacy are the main influences on sense of community among this population.

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  • 2015-05

"Mom, I'm DOOMED!" Literacy Development Through Theatrical Participation

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This project began when I heard a story that made my mind turn. The story was about a five- year-old girl who left her glove in the car on a

This project began when I heard a story that made my mind turn. The story was about a five- year-old girl who left her glove in the car on a chilly morning before school. Upon reaching the school entrance, she turned to her mother and cried, "Oh no! Mom! I'm Doomed!!" because she neglected to put on one of her gloves (Snow, 2012). Her mother, astonished by her daughter's mature answer, asked her daughter where she had heard that word before. The daughter explained that The Marley brothers told Scrooge this in the production of "A Christmas Carol" that she was participating in at the time. After hearing this story, I began to ponder the impact scripts and theatrical participation could have on a child's literacy skills, especially a child's vocabulary. Being involved in theatre since a very young age, I decided it was time to put her theory into a research project. "Mom, I'm DOOMED!" Literacy Development Through Theatrical Participation sets out to answer three main research questions: (1) How does theatrical participation benefit students' literacy skills? (2) How do scripts enhance students' vocabulary? (3) How do scripts and theatrical participation heighten students' fluency skills? In order to explore these research questions, the researcher created a theatrical workshop to engage students in an authentic theatrical experience. Using a fourth grade reader's theatre script and on-grade-level vocabulary words, I created a six-day workshop to engage students and gather data surrounding her research questions. After the workshop was conducted and data gathered, the results were analyzed for common trends and correlations. Although the results found were minimal, they did show a positive correlation between theatrical participation and students' literacy skills. Although students' data did show improvement in scores, there were no clear findings that could prove theatrical participation is a more effective learning environment than others.

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Exploring the Digital World: Integrating Digital Literacy & Tools in Education

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This century has brought about incredible advancements in technology and academia, changing the workforce and the future leaders that will drive it: students. However, the integration of digital literacy and

This century has brought about incredible advancements in technology and academia, changing the workforce and the future leaders that will drive it: students. However, the integration of digital literacy and digital tools in many United States K\u201412 schools is often overlooked. Through "Exploring the Digital World," students, parents, and teachers can follow the creatures of this story-driven program as they learn the importance of digital literacy in the 21st century.

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Methods on the Move: What it Takes to Approach Methods Rhetorically

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This study considers what it means to acquire a literacy, and in this case, a
literacy that is capable of transforming barriers into pathways through a rhetorical
approach to methods.

This study considers what it means to acquire a literacy, and in this case, a
literacy that is capable of transforming barriers into pathways through a rhetorical
approach to methods. The problem we are trying to solve is how exactly we as
rhetorical decision makers can acquire the type of literacy that can allow us to
approach a method as a way to transform barriers when we are stuck. This
problem space is especially challenging because it is one thing to master a literacy
of being part of a Discourse whose practices are well codified, but another thing
to learn to master a literacy that by definition employs methods to transform
barriers into pathways. This is what makes this problem space, so significant and
worthwhile to investigate as rhetorical decision makers.

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  • 2020-12