Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Grace Vos


Curriculum and Instruction


The action research study was conducted in third and seventh grade classrooms. The target group consisted of ten students of different genders and ethnic backgrounds. This study was focused on the engagement of advanced students through differentiating of content using various reading levels. For the purpose of this study, advanced students were students who were comfortable with classroom “norm” but needed to be challenged. Students were taught two lessons, one using the same level of text for each student and one using varied levels of text. Student engagement was observed by educators during the lessons. Groups were assessed using the same rubric and the results of the rubrics were compared. Survey results indicated that advanced third graders enjoyed the leveled text but advanced seventh graders were uneasy with the new challenge. The results showed that engagement was higher when instruction was differentiated using varied levels of text.