In the field of education, we know from existing research that the literature students are exposed to has an impact on how they view themselves as students, as people, and as citizens of the society in which they live. It can have a lasting impact on their success in school, in work, and in their relationships with others. However, almost all research also shows that it’s not just about which books are taught, but how they are taught. For this project, I have designed a series of unit plans that can be used as a tool for any middle grades ELA teacher to use within their classroom. The unit plan draws on existing research and will specifically focus on how to effectively incorporate and teach diverse literature in the classroom.

Semester/Year of Award

Fall 2020


Emily Zuccaro

Mentor Department Affiliation

Curriculum and Instruction

Access Options

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

Degree Level



Curriculum and Instruction