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Dr John Nietfeld | jlnietfe@ncsu.edu

Purpose
To develop a game-based computer program for 5th graders that scaffolds comprehension-monitoring skills while reading informational science texts.
Justification
The ability to comprehend and subsequently apply information gained from informational text is a timely challenge for teachers and students. Upper elementary school is a critical point for developing comprehension skills and the metacognitive abilities that facilitate the appropriate application of such skills. The development of a program with a repository of passages that aligns with science curriculum, customizes metacognitive strategy use, and provides individual feedback could significantly enhance science literacy.