Capstone/Dissertation Title

Citizens All: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy In The First-Year College Writing Classroom


Summer 2017



Degree Name


Primary Advisor/Dissertation Chair

Barbara Swanson

Secondary Advisor/Reader One

Kelly Foster Lundquist

Peer-Reviewer/Reader Two

Brooke Dirtzu


Gloria Ladson-Billings’ nine principles of culturally responsive pedagogy are referenced, integrated, and modeled in this curriculum project for a first-year college writing class. Examples of Ladson-Billings’ principles include communication of high expectations, active teaching methods, student-centered and culturally mediated instruction. The unit, Examining Difference, requires the use of Claudia Rankine’s Citizen: An American Lyric as the core text and serves as an invitation for students to investigate aspects of their identities in a multi-genre project. Goals for the unit are described as are related activities. A copy of The Citizen Project writing assignment and rubric is provided in the appendix.

Research Methodology

Curriculum Development

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