Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

English Education (7-12), M.S.Ed.


English Department


Dr. James Cercone

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First Reader

Dr. James Cercone

Second Reader

Dr. Kristen Pastore-Capuana


This paper focuses on one teacher’s action-research project examining inquiry-based teaching and project-based assessment in the middle school English classroom. The study focused on the inquiry-based instructional strategies used during a Young Adult Literature unit for seventh grade English Language Arts. The unit concluded with project-based assessments for all students. Results showed that levels of engagement rose with instructional strategies focused on inquiry and project-based assessments. Implications for middle school ELA teachers show that while project-based assessments and inquiry-based learning are effective for engagement, they are not without their challenges. Navigating department culture, limited resources, and other challenges are discussed.