2019 Student Research Conference:
32nd Annual Student Research Conference

Pairing Canonical and Non-canonical Texts:  Impacts and Implications


Robert S. Payne♦
Dr. Summer Pennell, Dr. Barbara J. Price, and Dr. Adam Davis, Faculty Mentors

This study sought to identify the impacts of pairing texts from the classroom curriculum, or canonical texts, with contemporary texts such as video and audio clips, songs, and popular fiction.  In this qualitative case study of an eleventh grade English classroom, student engagement and enthusiasm were observed and documented in a field journal. Student work was evaluated to identify common responses to the paired texts.  Finally, students wrote reflections comparing their initial response to the canonical texts and their overall responses after pairing with contemporary ones. The results of this study indicate potential starting points to improve student experiences with canonical texts in other ELA classrooms.

Keywords: Pairing texts, Canon, Canonical literature, Contemporary literature

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 107-3
Location: MC 208
Time: 9:00

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