This Action Research Project was designed to help me examine and improve my ability to use assessment in the curriculum cycle, my ability to differentiate specifically using comics, and my use of comics as a best practice in teaching English language arts. This research was specifically designed to use data from my teaching during my time in the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Western Oregon University. My evidence consisted of lesson plans, class syllabi, supervisor observations, teacher created artifacts, and a reflective journal. This evidence helped me examine my own practices and look at my own improvement over time.

Through analyzing the data, I was able to learn what areas I have improved in and which areas of my teaching practices still need to be addressed. I was able to identify next steps in my career and ideas for continual improvement. I have concluded that it is important to be intentional in planning for the areas of assessment and differentiation. I also concluded that comics can enrich assessment, differentiation, and best practices in teaching English language arts.

Exit Requirement

Action Research

Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (initial licensure)

Committee Chair

Melanie Landon-Hayes

Committee Member

Lisa Keating-Thomas


ELA, Comics, Graphic Novel



Type (DCMI Terms)

Text; Image; StillImage

Subject Categories

Education | Secondary Education

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