Research

Research compiled on the topics of Secondary Education, English Education, Childhood Development, Adolescence, and Caterpillar / Butterfly Development.

Portfolio includes Research papers, Research-Based Narratives, and Creative Non-Fiction.

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Atheism in the Classroom

An academic essay by Marisa Donnelly on the topic of faith in the classroom, as well as strategies for religious inclusivity.

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Babies and Butterflies: An Study Of Adolescent Development

Research conducted by Marisa Donnelly on the similarities between child/adolescent and caterpillar/butterfly development for a thesis project, Cacophony.

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Pupa and Puberty: Understanding the Chrysalis Stage

Research conducted by Marisa Donnelly on the similarities between puberty and the chrysalis stage of the butterfly for a thesis project, Cacophony.

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This Too Shall Pass: On The Chaos Of Young Adulthood

Research conducted by Marisa Donnelly on the transitions between young adulthood and adulthood for a thesis project, Cacophony.

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Fallen Angel: The Effects Of Heroin Use And Addiction In Teens

My hometown, Naperville, Illinois, has been considered ‘Ground Zero’ for heroin use since 2012. When I was emotionally affected by a neighbor’s death to the drug, I wrote this research-based narrative on the topic and on my connection to it being so prevalent in my home.

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Queuing Creativity: The Effect of Creative Writing in Secondary Classrooms

Research conducted by Marisa Donnelly on the topic of creative writing and the benefits of its integration into the regular classroom curriculum.