Literature has served as an outlet for those who have both written and read it, powerfully describing all aspects of the human condition—even the mental disorders we suffer from. Language Arts classrooms provide students with the ability to access and critically analyze this unique outlet for expression and understanding. Given the high rate of mental disorders among young adults and students, this often stigmatized issue cannot be ignored inside or outside the classroom. The purpose of this project is to analyze how texts which discuss mental disorders might be taught in the high school English classroom. This will include not only the critical reading and analysis of literature which depicts mental disorders, but the creation of lesson plans and reading lists. This project seeks to equip teachers with knowledge to not only support struggling students academically, but to encourage them to potentially seek the mental health care they deserve.
Secondary Education & Professional Programs
Dr. Lee Torda, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Sarah Thomas, Thesis Advisor
Dr. Teresa King, Committee Member
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Original document was submitted as an Honors Program requirement. Copyright is held by the author.
Keefe, Margaret. (2018). It’s Kind of a Curious Incident in the Bell Jar: Using Literature and Discussion to Advocate for Mental Health Education in the High School English Classroom. In BSU Honors Program Theses and Projects. Item 418. Available at: https://vc.bridgew.edu/honors_proj/418
Copyright © 2018 Margaret Keefe