Date Approved

Spring 1993

Graduate Degree Type


Degree Name

Education (M.Ed.)

Degree Program

College of Education


Since Muskegon Public Schools serves a multicultural population, and since the canon of the textbooks used in the secondary language arts classes reflects neither this diverse population nor the current publications of the diverse cultures of the society, this study, in the form of a survey will show the need for the district to include literature contributed by ethnic minority writers from the American literature scene. The study shows the increasing need for such inclusion as well as offering rationale for doing so.; Finally, this paper will propose a three year pilot class, minority literature, similar to the minority history class which is currently offered to students at Muskegon High School. Following the three year pilot and its evaluation, the recommendation will propose the placement of ethnic minority literature into the canon of the language arts curriculum.


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