Buchtel College of Arts and Sciences

Date of Last Revision

2023-05-04 06:24:23



Honors Course


Number of Credits


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Education

Date of Expected Graduation

Spring 2021


This research project will evaluate and build upon existing research on the use of young adult (YA) literature in high school curriculum. The project will include researching what is currently read in high school classrooms, examining studies on the use of YA literature, and presenting examples and models of implementing three major YA novels into high school curriculum. The three novels that will be looked at in-depth are The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, and Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. The goal for this research project is to show how educators can use texts from the young adult genre independently or in conjunction with works of the literary canon to create a learning environment that is not only relatable and relevant, but also inclusive, engaging, and beneficial for high school students.

Research Sponsor

Harold M. Foster

First Reader

Sarah Cooey

Second Reader

Hillary Nunn

Honors Faculty Advisor

Harold M. Foster



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