Graduate Program

Curriculum and Instruction

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Semester of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Thesis Director

John Bickford III

Thesis Committee Member

Bonnie Laughlin-Schultz

Thesis Committee Member

Melissa Ames


As educators learn to amend to the Common Core State Standards, they are left with little-to-no time for subjects like science and social studies as the focus is primarily on reading and English language arts. History is slowly becoming a background routine for educators and is falling behind centerfold curriculum in classrooms across the country. This is inclusive of the studies of individuals who helped shape our country and nation. This study analyzes a data sample of 11 children and young adult literature trade books about Abraham Lincoln, our sixteenth president, in search of patterns and common representations. Within the findings, patterns of omission and inclusion were seen across the board. This study allows educators to understand the significance of implementing history lessons in their classrooms and provides those educators with thorough ideas to aide them in integrating history in traditional and nontraditional ways.