Thesis Title

Changing the High School Core Literature

Graduation Date

Spring 2001

Document Type

Master's Thesis

Document Form

Print

Degree Name

Master of Science

Program Name

Education

Program Director

Madalienne F. Peters, EdD

Abstract

This study examines the core literature in our high school book rooms. Has the core literature changed over time with changing demographics? The review of the literature established the existence of a core literature, and that most high school students read from a fairly small list of books. The literature review reveals that students are not happy with the book selections and teachers are having a hard time keeping students engaged in the reading material. Department heads of English programs at two Northern California schools participated in an interview about the core literature. Their responses indicated that although some schools are given a significant amount of variety concerning their book lists, schools are forced to cover so much material that they only have time to teach what is required.

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