2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Social Justice: Literature, Reality, and the Classroom

Dani Eschweiler♦
Dr. Summer Pennell, Faculty Mentor

In this self study, I examined which classroom activities and instructional strategies were the most effective in increasing student awareness of social justice issues throughout a unit on August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Based on classroom observations made over a six-week period, I examined the impact of teaching high school juniors English through a social justice lens. Through observations of student response to various instructional strategies, I found that specific instructional strategies better facilitated student ability to identify and address issues of social justice both inside and outside of the classroom. 

Keywords: Social Justice, English, Secondary Education, High School

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 202-5
Location: MG 1090
Time: 10:30

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