Honors Program



Lucy LongFollow

Date of this Version

Fall 10-28-2019

Document Type



Long, Lucy. Catalysts of Growth: Practicing Hope and Failure in the Secondary English Classroom. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln. 2019.


Copyright Lucy Long 2019


In this braided essay, I examine the value of practicing hope and failure in the secondary English classroom. My research methodology consisted of reading academic sources, conducting interviews with teachers in which I asked them about their experiences with hope and failure, and examining my own experiences with hope and failure. Through this, I explored the idea of ourselves, our classrooms, and society as drafts to which we can respond with efforts to enact change. I concluded that hope and failure can be used as key catalysts of this change (with an emphasis on their value for teachers and in the classroom). I explored, questioned, and captured these findings through essay, poetry, and visual text-style writing.