McCanne, Thomas R.
B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
Department of English
This book is a collection of original short stories titled Fabric. Each story features a character that has either been involved in, or heard of, incidents that sparked tension throughout the United States and shocked the Black community. The process for creating these stories involved conducting a tremendous amount of research. These stories are based on true events that have occurred throughout history. This research helped inspire the stories that I created. The short stories are based on slavery, the Tulsa Race Riots, the Tuskegee experiments, the government conspiracy against the Black Panthers, police brutality, and the publics current response to situations that target the Black community. There are also resources for teachers to utilize for each story. I created writing prompts, discussion questions, and activities for them to use when teaching these stories. I also included references where teachers or students can look to for further exploration. I met with my faculty supervisor about once a week to receive feedback and editing suggestions on my stories. This work is significant because it can help spark major discussions about equity and social justice. I am hoping that my target audience, high school students, will be reached and that they understand the message of my story.
Stamps, Taylor M., "Fabric" (2019). Honors Capstones. 528.
Northern Illinois University
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