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Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) School of Education
Using case study and cross-case qualitative analyses, the researcher explored the utilization of wordless picture books as mentor texts with young multilingual learners in second grade. Eight students participated in the study and four focus students were highlighted through case studies. The researcher implemented three, 45-minutes lessons per week for 12 weeks, conducted three interviews with each participant, and analyzed work samples. Five themes emerged from the data: development of identity as an author, increased writing proficiency, maturation of writing behaviors, development of a writing community, and varying degrees of linguistic flexibility. Implications of this research included preservation of visual literacy for multilingual learners, the importance of safeguarding home languages, honoring all descriptions of how children view themselves in their world, and finally, utilizing wordless picture books as mentor texts to produce written work.
Watkins, Kathleen Hope, "In Their Own Words: A Case Study Utilizing Wordless Picture Books as Mentor Text in Writing Workshop with Young Multilingual Writers" (2023). All ETDs from UAB. 372.