Date Approved


Date Posted


Degree Type

Open Access Senior Honors Thesis

Department or School

English Language and Literature

First Advisor

W. Douglas Baker


Educators are beginning to work with students whose lives have been immersed in the 22st century media culture. Many of these tools include cell phones, game consoles, laptops, iPads, handheld game devices and television, just to indicate a few. This growing technology has been used mainly for enteltainment purposes by the 21st century student and seen by others, especially educators, as a detriment to education and the intellectual abilities of these students. This paper describes the potential uses of Short Message Service otherwise known as text messaging in the high school English classroom, particularly how it might encourage interactions and increase engagement in the classroom. Since Short Message Service SMS requires reading and writing, exploration and further research in the ways this technology can assist adolescents in the development of literacy abilities is critical to truly reach the 21st century student.