Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Jennifer Miskec, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Christopher McGee, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Gena Southall, Ph.D.


This thesis investigates the ways in which literature is taught in high school English classes. The author expresses frustration with current methods and advocates an increase in teaching Young Adult Literature to high school students in order to encourage the students’ enjoyment of reading. She goes on to discuss how she has taught Young Adult literature in the classroom and includes example lesson plans.



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