2018 Student Research Conference:
31st Annual Student Research Conference

Increasing Student Understanding Of Social Justice Through Poetry Exploration


Sarah E. Slane♦
Dr. Summer Pennell, Faculty Mentor

Poetry as a literary genre is an excellent vehicle to drive discussions of social justice in the classroom because it can be accessible and easily comprehended by students at all skill levels. In this case study, juniors in a suburban high school read, analyzed and composed their own poetry focusing on social justice. Data collection of observations from class discussions, student reflective writing, responses to poetry reading, and student-composed poetry were used to identify and interpret student understanding of social justice issues. Analysis of the collected data revealed that student understanding and personal interest in social justice increased when discussed through poetry exploration and composition.

Keywords: Secondary Education, English Education, Social Justice, Poetry, Reflective Writing, English

Topic(s):English, Secondary MAE Research

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 302-3
Location: MG 1090
Time: 1:30

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