Document Type

Capstone Project (Open Access)

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies

First Advisor

Browning Neddeau


The Capstone Project is established on how teachers can implement awareness on parental incarceration in the classroom, by incorporating literacy learning activities and community service project. The participants for the Capstone Project included 33 twelfth-grade students in a public high school located on California’s agricultural terrain. The Capstone Project was based on teaching a unit of three lessons, students read articles from Teen Vogue based on parental incarceration. Students were instructed to write a Found Quote and Found Poem using a word bank produced from the Teen Vogue articles. In addition to writing, students and teaching staff engaged in a community-service project where Build-A-Bear was a key element to providing a service for children affected by maternal and paternal incarceration. The Capstone Project connected to the writers career path as a prospective special education teacher where she has experienced students that are affected by parental incarceration.