Document Type

Capstone Project

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)


Liberal Studies


High school students are not always interested in what they are learning in school. For at risk students, the level of engagement can be minimal to nonexistent. When at risk students are disengaged in school, they may join gangs or drop out to fill the void. For this project, nine students expressed an interest in reading and learning more about gang literature because they live in an area where gang violence is prevalent. Students chose a graphic novel that they wanted to read and discuss. Six group members: one professor, one librarian and four students collaborated to construct questions from the selected text to engage the literacy group. The group met twice a week during students lunch time and discussed the literature. The data collected is being used as a means of educating administrators about what types of literature students find engaging and effective, in hopes of changing or substituting the current literature that is used.


Capstone Project (B.A.) Liberal Studies Department

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