Date of Defense




First Advisor

Melinda Dobson, English

Second Advisor

Kathy Cummings, English

Third Advisor

Connie Weaver, English


This thesis is a proposal for a high school English course titled "The Dual-Self." This course is a hypothetical 18-week class focused on literature and writing. While reading Modern and Contemporary American literature, students will study how characters' struggles with finding self-identity conflict with their attempts to define themselves within society. The theme of this course runs throughout not only the works of literature that students read, but also throughout the learning activities that students are asked to complete. Students will continually reflect upon who they are and how they fit into the world around them. One goal of this course involves increasing students' awareness of characters and their growth. Also, students will reflect on their own identity issues and build upon their perceptions of themselves to define who they are and who they want to be. This course will increase students' self-awareness and also increase students' self-esteem as they realize that each individual has valuable and unique contributions to make to the world.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only