Classics remain important to high school curriculum; however, they are also not palatable to today's students. This problem can be addressed by the use of young adult literature to help engagement and comprehension when paired with classic literature. By connecting the two, a student has the chance to learn something they will enjoy before moving on to what would be seen as efferent reading This thesis contains a review of literature on integrating young adult literature in the classroom in order to view its effects on the students' engagement and comprehension. This study focuses on twelfth grade students taking Advanced Placement and Honors courses. Much of the research covers from the middle grades up to ninth grade. No direct research has been found for the twelfth grade level to have students become more avid readers past graduation. The thesis contains sample unit schedules with at least three sample lesson plans within each unit. There are explanations of how these lessons can used in conjunction with young adult literature and classical literature. Each unit covers a different classic novel list and provides the best way to engage students with increased comprehension when put into practice in any twelfth grade Advanced Placement and Honors classroom.
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Kaplan, Jeffrey S.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Education and Human Performance
Teaching, Learning and Leadership
Dissertations, Academic -- Education; Education -- Dissertations, Academic
Length of Campus-only Access
Honors in the Major Thesis
Kopp, Julie, "Techniques for Improving Student Engagement and Comprehension through the Pairing of Young Adult Literature with Classic Literature in Advanced Placement or Honors Twelfth Grade Classrooms" (2013). HIM 1990-2015. 1502.