Master of Arts in English Plan II Graduate Projects


This portfolio contains papers on Urban Education and teaching speakers of African American Language/ African American Vernacular English. As the capstone to my Masters in English with a Specialization in Teaching, I have chosen four papers to revise and resubmit: “Intertwining Narratives: Stories of the I-280 Bridge Collapse,” “Reshaping Attitudes: Tailoring Urban Education to fit the African American Student,” “The Study of Language in a Multi-Dialectical Classroom,” and “Youth Acquisition and Ownership Is Crucial Language Vitality.” "Intertwining Narratives" is a report on the I-280 bridge collapse in Toledo. "Reshaping Attitudes" is an explanation of some best practice in urban education. "The Study of Language in a Multi-Dialectical Classroom" focuses on educating students who primarily speak the African American Language variety of English. Finally, "Youth Acquisition" discuses the topic of language death.


English Teaching

First reader

Dr. Lee Nickoson

Second reader

Dr. William Albertini

Publication Date

Fall 11-30-2017