Honors Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-30-2021

Document Type

Undergraduate Thesis

Department

Education

First Advisor

Rosemary Oliphant-Ingham

Second Advisor

Joel Amidon

Third Advisor

Sally Quong

Relational Format

Dissertation/Thesis

Abstract

The ways in which fiction affect the perceptions of high school students’ realities are many, and they vary widely depending on the book read. While lessons can be learned from every fictional book, certain types of books are more beneficial and relevant for students. Young adult literature, while often overlooked, is a significant source of students’ perspective shifts and metacognition. Every book has a lesson that it can teach students, but contemporary young adult literature deserves to be taught in schools alongside the classics in order for students to make personal connections with the texts they read and take an aesthetic and personally-linked interpretation from them.

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