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Advisory Committee Chair

Kelly Hill

Advisory Committee Members

Grace Jepkemboi

Jenna Lachenaye

Julie Paul

Jennifer Summerlin

Document Type


Date of Award


Degree Name by School

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.

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