Many students in general education classrooms exhibit problematic behavior at some point during their academic careers. These students often have special learning needs in reading instruction and instructional emphasis on appropriate behavior. Using thematic units for reading and language arts instruction can improve these students' reading skills and help students with problematic behavior learn more appropriate standards of conduct at the same time.
Griffith, A. S., & Horton, N. S. (2001). Using Thematic Units to Decrease Problematic Behavior in Students. Reading Horizons, 42 (1). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol42/iss1/7