The purpose of this study was twofold: (a) to develop criteria for creating thematic literature units appropriate to the English language facility and to the culture of students in the LDS secondary schools in the South Pacific, and (b) to create three thematic literature units at the Form 5 (11th grade) level which would exemplify the recommended criteria.
An analysis of questionnaire responses revealed that a concept-centered approach to literature should take precedence, with geographical literature—especially Polynesian—also receiving emphasis. Less attention should be given to developing skill in literary analysis, and more focus placed upon systematically reinforcing other language arts areas (e.g. composition) during literature instruction.
Three individualized thematic literature units which exemplify these criteria were then created. Themes chosen, according to rating scores established through the questionnaire, were (a) "Leadership I: Leaders of the People," (b) "The Value of Work," and (c) "The Search for Dignity and Respect."
College and Department
David O. McKay School of Education; Teacher Education
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Malan, Ronald F., "A Study to Establish Criteria for Creating Thematic Literature Units Appropriate to LDS Secondary Schools in the South Pacific, and the Creation of Three Such Units" (1969). Theses and Dissertations. 4901.
Literature, Curricula, Mormon Church, teaching