Culminating Project Title
Date of Award
Culminating Project Type
English - Teacher Education: M.S.
College of Liberal Arts
Teresa Washut Heck
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Keywords and Subject Headings
Geoinquiry, Classic, Literature, Coteach, Retention, Engagement
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.
Gagne, Amy A., "Increasing Engagement and Retention: Teaching Classic Literature through the use of Geoinquiry" (2020). Culminating Projects in English. 2.