Mary Horvath


Presentation: 3:00-4:15 p.m., Kennedy Union Ballroom



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This study will be happening over the course of the next year, but this is a preview of what is to come! Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) is a relatively new set of standards in Ohio’s curriculum. SEL standards are essential for achievement not only in the classroom but in life. Because of its novelty, it is crucial to find the best practices for teaching SEL to meet the needs of all students. Research has shown that the standard videos, activities, and take-home worksheets referenced in the curriculum are not engaging the students (Pysarenko, 2021, p. 639). Instead, picture books have been found to help students through emotional turmoil (Roberts & Crawford, 2008, p. 13). Therefore, this study proposes to further the connection between children’s literature and emotional vocabulary, which is part of the Ohio Department of Education SEL standard, “Demonstrate an awareness of personal emotions” (ODE, p. 8, 2019). Helping students grow their emotional vocabulary will help them connect better to themselves, the people in their lives, and their experiences so they can live an overall better life.

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Project Designation

Honors Thesis

Primary Advisor

Mary Sableski

Primary Advisor's Department

Teacher Education


Stander Symposium, School of Education and Health Sciences

Institutional Learning Goals

Practical Wisdom; Diversity; Community

Students Developing a More Specific Emotional Vocabulary through Picture Books - A Work in Progress