Senior Honors Theses

Publication Date

Spring 5-8-2016

School

School of Education; College of Arts and Sciences

Major

English--Teacher Certification

Keywords

Christian schooling, Homeschooling, Christian Education, Christian textbooks, Curriculum Development, Educational Diversity, Textbook Development, Holistic Education, Secondary Education

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Curriculum and Social Inquiry | Educational Methods | Literature in English, Anglophone outside British Isles and North America | Modern Literature | Other Education | Other English Language and Literature | Other Languages, Societies, and Cultures | Reading and Language | Secondary Education and Teaching | Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education | Teacher Education and Professional Development

Abstract

This thesis explores the educational philosophy and the creative process behind the creation of a new textbook and curriculum. The goal of this new textbook and curriculum is to help persuade high school students to view literature as an avenue of life-long learning. The plan to develop this textbook and curriculum is built on five objectives: a recognition of the need for holistic education, the implementation of differentiated teaching methods, the cultivation of student interest, the reflection of diversity within classrooms, and the integration of modern technology. This plan will be proposed in the creation of a textbook for use in world literature classes in Christian schools as well as in homeschools. The curriculum will tap into new and old learning technologies and include links to notes, flashcards, presentations, study games, and informational videos in addition to the newest learning apps. This inclusion of various learning tools through an intentional integration of technology will make the textbook and curriculum marketable on a large scale.