Graduation Date

Spring 2017

Document Type



Master of Arts degree with a major in Education

First Committee Member Name

Dr. Eric VanDuzer

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First Committee Member Affililation

HSU Faculty or Staff

Second Committee Member Name

Dr. Lyn Scott

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Second Committee Member Affililation

HSU Faculty or Staff

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This study seeks to find if drawing can help English Language Learning (ELL) students better understand and retain science content. Seventh and eighth grade students were given series of presentations about Pluto. Half of the students were asked to write only written notes while the other half was asked to both draw and write down notes during the presentations. Their pre and post test scores were compared to show the growth of the students’ content knowledge showing that the group that was required to both draw and write had on average higher scores than the group that only wrote in their lecture notes. The data and previous literature was used to influence the creation of a work book to be used for educational activities and trips at the Mount Wilson Observatory in Pasadena, California. Activities were designed to support language of both English speaking students and ELL students. Specific to the majority of language needs of Los Angeles students, the glossary includes both English and Spanish translations.

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