Date of Award


Document Type

Action Research Project

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education



First Advisor

Kristine Cook


Education, Curriculum and Instruction


The purpose of this action research was to determine whether using daily literacy strategies focusing on writing would make an impact on the scores of a high-level question (HLQ) among middle school social studies students. The research took place over seven weeks in a public suburban midwestern middle school. The population of students in the study included 104 sixth-grade students. The intervention included using various literacy strategies focusing on writing and incorporating reading, speaking, and listening. Data was collected from writing samples, HLQ scores, observations, and a student survey. Some positive effects of the study were an increase in the HLQ scores, more engagement in discussions, and increased writing. Literacy strategies benefited the students by creating more meaningful learning and will continue to be used in the classroom. This research will help educators better understand different ways to use literacy strategies to help students in the classroom.