Date of Award

7-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

English

First Advisor

Jennifer Buckner

Abstract

This thesis focuses on the impact of studying students’ identities after using the television show, Empire as a Hip Hop studies based text in a developmental reading and English class. I frame the pedagogical approach to reading and writing by using the television show as a doorway into the varied language practices of the Hip Hop culture as opposed to Standard American English (SAE). This research uses James Paul Gee’s discourse analysis as a method for coding and analysis of the responses of the interviewees to survey questions. The questions were designed to determine from the students’ responses their attitudes regarding the use of the television show as a text; what kind of impact they experienced (if any) and if this pedagogical approach fulfilled departmental student learning outcomes. Findings from this study are used to determine the impact of Hip Hop based texts on student identities and learning.

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