America’s classrooms are developing, evolving, and becoming increasingly diverse. Classic novels are being implemented into instruction year after year; however, there are other novels that could be equally as valuable to a student’s education experience. While classics offer universal truths and valuable lessons, they are oftentimes lengthy and difficult to understand, all of which can be discouraging to students. Little has been done to remedy this issue or find new and culturally relevant texts and implement them into the classroom. Young Adult novels offer a wide variety of benefits to the classroom including relevancy, reliability, perspective and so much more. However, there has been hesitancy behind incorporating YA literature into the classroom. This thesis seeks to explore classic and young adult novels and the benefits to using them together to create a meaningful unit for today’s modern classroom.

Semester/Year of Award

Spring 2021


Charlotte J. Rich

Mentor Department Affiliation

English and Theatre

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Document Type

Bachelor Thesis

Degree Name

Honors Scholars

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Department Name when Degree Awarded

English and Theatre