Date Approved


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

Teacher Education


With the current emphasis on improving reading and comprehension in the school system, many teachers find it difficult to meet this challenge to providing increased reading time for students and still maintain the required classroom instruction in other areas of curriculum. Additionally, present teacher education classes stress the importance of recognizing the diversity in our classroom, school, community, and the world. The use of multicultural literature to create lessons across the curriculum is a good way to address literacy and diversity concerns. While we do live in a diverse world, I feel that one group of cultures that has been neglected in our current educational system is that of the Native American people. This group has played an important role in our history, yet very little classroom time is devoted to them. For this reason, I chose to focus on the use of Native American literature for this project.