Keeping Up with Young Adult Literature
I seem to keep having experiences with young adult literature lately. My oldest daughter has been so excited that two of the series she reads have released their next installments in the past few weeks. Her babysitting money has been put to good use! A local teacher blogged about acquiring new texts for his classroom and his strategic selection process. Are you interested in young adult literature? See what NCTE and ReadWriteThink.org have to offer!
Text Messages: Recommendations for Adolescent Readers is a monthly podcast providing families, educators, out-of-school practitioners, and tutors reading recommendations they can pass along to teen readers. Each episode features in-depth recommendations of titles that will engage and excite teen readers. A recent episode covered Fairy Tale Retellings.
Teaching YA Lit through Differentiated Instruction offers suggestions for incorporating YA lit into the high school curriculum. Each chapter opens with an introduction to and description of a different popular genre or award category of YA lit -- science fiction, realistic teen fiction, graphic novels, Pura Belpré award winners, nonfiction texts, poetry, historical YA fiction -- and then offers suggestions within that genre for whole-class instruction juxtaposed with a young adult novel more suited for independent reading or small-group activities. See more in a Web seminar recorded by the authors.
Engaging American Novels: Lessons from the Classroom focuses on ten frequently taught American novels, both classic and contemporary, that can help promote engagement in reading. Texts highlighted include To Kill a Mockingbird, The Chocolate War, The Outsiders, and Out of the Dust. Teachers are challenged to think about how students best engage with texts, especially novels. Many of the titles in the book have been challenged or censored. The NCTE Anti-Censorship Center offers advice, helpful documents, and other support to teachers faced with challenges to texts (e.g., literary works, films and videos, drama productions) or teaching methods used in their classrooms and schools.
In this article from English Journal, author Jennifer Buehler offers a wealth of Web resources and personal advice from popular YA authors to convince teachers and students to talk about the books they love. Read more in her companion lesson plan.
Cathy Fleischer, an English professor and mother of teenagers, helps parents and families navigate through the sometimes overwhelming messages they hear about adolescents and literacy in her book Reading and Writing and Teens: A Parent's Guide to Adolescent Literacy. Looking for more ways to connect reading in and out of the classroom? Visit ReadWriteThink's portal for Parent & Afterschool Resources.
There will be dozens of sessions on Adolescent and Young Adult Literacy to choose from at the NCTE Annual Convention. The panel presenting "Dystopia Is Our Future: Using Dystopian Literature and Social Theory in the English Classroom" will offer practical strategies and models for teaching popular young adult dystopian novels through the lenses of social theory. "Reinventing Minds with Nonfiction Young Adult Literature: Helping Students Succeed within the Common Core Framework" has a focus on implementing nonfiction young adult literature in the classroom as an answer to the Common Core Standards' focus on informational texts and on increasing text complexity.
What young adult literature books are you talking about right now? Tell us in the comments section below!
-- Lisa Fink, ReadWriteThink
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