This article explores how three students who would not have qualified for honors-level curriculum under a tracked model performed in detracked English Language Arts (ELA) courses. Our teacher research study was guided by the following question: How can the incorporation of young adult literature (YAL) in a detracked ELA honors course affect the experiences of students who would not have qualified for honors curriculum under a tracked model? We found that the incorporation of YAL helped students explore diverse ideas and expanded their capacity to think, read, and write critically. This study has implications for broader conversations relating to detracking policies and initiatives. Providing rigor and relevance for all students in a detracked course is an important step in ensuring success for diverse student populations.
Colantonio-Yurko, Kathleen; Miller, Cody; and Cheveallier, Jennifer
"Rigor and Relevance: A Teacher Research Study on Using Young Adult Literature in Detracked Secondary English Language Arts Courses,"
Journal of Practitioner Research: Vol. 2
, Article 2.
Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/jpr/vol2/iss2/2