Date of Award

8-2020

Culminating Project Type

Thesis

Degree Name

English - Teacher Education: M.S.

Department

English

College

College of Liberal Arts

First Advisor

Sharon Cogdill

Second Advisor

Teresa Washut Heck

Third Advisor

Michael Dando

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Keywords and Subject Headings

Geoinquiry, Classic, Literature, Coteach, Retention, Engagement

Abstract

Traditionally taught texts in the average public-school classroom tend to include Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, “The Mask of the Red Death'' by Edgar Allan Poe, and Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. These classic texts, recognized by the literary community for their merits and accolades, have been brought into the schools for their universal themes and ability for students to be exposed to genres they might not otherwise choose to immerse themselves in independently. Fostering engagement with these texts can be a challenge, but engagement can be increased by adapting lessons to include cross-curricular elements. Geography, maps in particular, allows for a more in-depth connection to teens lives which not only makes a lasting impression but gives students a reason to care. Through cross curricular instruction, with the use of geoinquiry, there is an increase of student engagement of classically taught texts within the public-school system ultimately leading to higher student achievement.

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