Author Credentials

Sister Edna Mae Weldgen, O.S.F.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Marie Colette Roy, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Junior high school students; Young adult literature; Literacy programs


It is the investigator's belief that teachers have a great responsibility to try to provide solutions to these vast problems. Literature programs do exist in our schools today. Do they contain materials with themes useful in the guidance of students in these areas? If so, what are these themes, how are they developed in literature, and are they adaptable to the guidance programs so desperately needed by today's youth? The purpose of this study was to evaluate a number of works of juvenile literature in order to determine the theme content and the manner in which this is achieved, with possible effects on the reader. Also, the investigator intended to review past studies and research in order to substantiate her conclusions.


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