Capstone/Dissertation Title

How to integrate literary theory into a tenth grade English curriculum based on Minnesota graduation standards

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2011

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone is: How can literary theory be integrated into a tenth grade English curriculum based on Minnesota graduation standards? This capstone is influenced by the work of Deborah Appleman and Lisa Schade Eckert, who explore the benefits of explicitly teaching about literary theory at the high school level. The method used for integrating literary theory into the curriculum is through two 20-day unit plans, one each for intermediate and advanced levels. Genres used in the units include fairy tales, short stories, poetry, novels, and films. Activities used include Readers Theatre, graphic organizers, group discussions, and literature circles. The main findings of this capstone are that integrating literary theory into a high school curriculum requires a great deal of scaffolding and comprehension preparation, but students benefit from increased critical thinking and analytical skills.

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