Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


The case study conducted was made up of 9 freshmen and sophomore Latino/a student’s from a high school in East Salinas, CA. The goal of this project was to use the graphic novel Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty, as the center theme of the class. Once the students read the novel, I took them outside of the text and the students were able to make connections from the text to their own life using writing prompts given to them. I wanted to seek the answer to the research question of “How does bringing in culturally relevant literature to high school students gain perspective on everyday realities through connections from the text to self through writing?” I was able to answer this question from class discussions and the writing prompts. My results revealed that the students felt a connection of the text. In their own lives, each student knows a ‘Yummy’ or a ‘Gary’ or a ‘Roger.’


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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