Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - Campus Access Only

First Advisor

Denisha Jones

Second Advisor

Jerusha Beckerman


My Master’s Thesis is about children and their stories. It seeks to understand story creation in the classroom and connect it to the cultivation of the broader classroom community. Here, storytelling is understood in its five forms: reading stories, oral storytelling, drawing stories, writing stories, and acting out stories. What threads these forms together is classroom community. In my thesis, I focus on a concept called “the narrative classroom.” A narrative classroom makes space for both play and storytelling; it incorporates the multi-modal process of literacy into a classroom environment centering children and their stories as official knowledge. Most importantly, my thesis is a testament to the narrative classroom put into action in a public-school setting, where literacy is often decontextualized from its natural, social core.