Graduate Research Papers


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This project was to produce a bibliography of historical fiction requested by teachers in Johnston Middle School, Johnston, Iowa, that can be used by the eighth-grade classes so that students may choose from a selected list of historical fiction books about the American West that will encompass both their literature theme of the will to survive and the historical setting of the American frontier as it moves West between 1840 and 1899. The fifty books annotated were chosen through criteria selected so as to produce a list of books that would meet the needs of the teachers of this unit. These criteria included genre, availability, reading level range, setting, and challenge to survival. Selection sources used yielded a mix of available titles that included both those recently published as well as older titles. As new titles are published that fit the stated criteria, they will be purchased and added to this bibliography and the collection at the Johnston Middle School Library Media Center. Thus, this bibliography will continue to evolve as long as it is useful to the teachers and students at this school.

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Master of Arts


Division of School Library Studies

First Advisor

Barbara Safford


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