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Christina Brando-Subis’ Three Minute Thesis

The Experiences and Perceptions of Third Grade Teachers’ Use of the Reading Program “Bookshop”

The purpose of my dissertation is to study a mandated reading program called “Bookshop” currently being used in nearby school districts, as well as various parts of the United States. My dissertation will feature two publishable manuscripts on the third grade portion of this reading program. My first manuscript provides background information on Bookshop and analyzes the third grade lesson plans in regards to inclusion of the five literacy components recognized by the National Reading Panel (2000): phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. My second manuscript will examine perceptions and experiences among third grade teachers, including those teaching in more rural or diverse geographic locations, regarding Bookshop’s curriculum and instructional implementation. Debates surrounding these type of programs are discussed, as well as implications and future directions for research, especially in light of the heavy criticism such programs receive in the literature.

National Reading Panel. (2000). Teaching Children to Read: An Evidence-Based Assessment of the Scientific Research Literature on Reading and its Implications for Reading Instruction (NIH Pub. No. 00-4769). Washington, DC. Retrieved from

Christina Brando-Subis