Date of Graduation

Spring 2015

Document Type

Honors Research Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts in Education


Adolescent to Young Adult - Integrated Language Arts

Research Sponsor

Dr. Heather Braun

First Reader

Dr. Harold Foster

Second Reader

Kathleen Metcalf


The adoption of the Common Core State Standards by Ohio in 2010 created a path of tightly organized learning targets that educators would take to ensure that students graduated with the literacy skills necessary to succeed in college and the workforce. The focus of these standards rests largely on the use of informational and nonfiction texts to supplement critical thinking and analysis. What may be lacking is an emphasis on the arts and creative writing as valuable assets to strengthening complex literacy and emotional and social development. Since creative writing is not heavily present in the Common Core, schools may resort to additional programs to provide this outlet to students. This research essay examines the program set in place by Young Chicago Authors, and the ways in which the city of Akron, Ohio could adopt such a model.

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