Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Steven Faulkner, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Rhonda L. Brock-Servais, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Mary Carroll-Hackett, M.F.A.


This thesis discusses the current problems with the traditional structure through which literature is taught in high schools today. It presents a modernistic approach to engaging high school students in reading and literature, and tackles the lack of relevance the old classic novels have in the lives of 21st century students. It introduces the idea of using young adult novels to teach the literary concepts that states mandate in their curriculum, and it emphasizes the important role educators play in preparing their students for the real world.



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