Capstone/Dissertation Title

How to integrate literary theory into high school language arts curriculum to enhance student interaction with the texts

Term

2013

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Abstract

The research question addressed in this capstone was, how can I integrate Literary Theory into high school Language Arts curriculum to enhance how students interact with texts? This capstone details many benefits of teaching Literary Theory to high school students, including bridging cultural differences, helping students develop critical reading skills, and helping students better prepare for high school and college level courses. The key influences of this question were the author's experiences in a Literary Theory course, as well as Deborah Appleman's book, Critical Encounters in High School English: Teaching Literary Theory to Adolescents (2000). The author's research documents how many teachers have successfully used Literary Theory in different ways in different classrooms and develops a detailed semester curriculum plan on teaching Reader-Response, Marxist, and Feminist theories to 9th-10th grade students. He describes how to easily apply this curriculum to texts that are common in high school literature classes.

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