Master of Natural Sciences (MNS)


Natural Sciences (Interdepartmental Program)

Document Type



This thesis emphasizes the need for, and the development of, auxiliary and supplemental materials for students struggling with the Module 1 of the Common Core aligned EngageNY/Eureka Math, Algebra 1 Curriculum, in particular, special education students and regular education students who are missing essential pre-requisite skills. The goal of this thesis is to provide resources which assist both the students and the teachers with the transition from the old Louisiana Comprehensive Curriculum to the intensity, rigor, and mathematical sophistication of the new Common Core aligned curriculum. Clearly, the need for supplementary materials is not restricted to the first of six modules of the EngageNY Algebra 1 Curriculum. However, due to the obvious time constraints, this thesis provides only a “proof of concept” that is restricted to Module 1. The supplemental materials developed for this thesis focus on recognized foundational mathematics standards which students should have mastered at previous grade levels. The workbook included in this thesis contains exercises to reinforce students’ knowledge and proficiency in meeting pre-requisite foundational standards needed for Module 1 of the EngageNY Algebra 1 course. Additionally, it assists in the achievement of “standards-based” or Common Core aligned goals and objectives cited in special education students’ Individualized Education Programs (IEPs). The materials are structured systematically so that teachers can continue with their at-grade-level instruction while still addressing the missing mathematical skills.



Document Availability at the Time of Submission

Release the entire work immediately for access worldwide.

Committee Chair

Neubrander, Frank