This course offers you the opportunity to read, write about, and discuss representative examples of literature written for young adults.
We will consider what qualifies something for the label "adolescent literature" (or "young adult literature") and how such writing suits the needs and interests of its intended audience. We will read a variety of works of adolescent literature as well as works about that literature: literary critiques, articles on issues prominent in the books, professional articles by literacy researchers, etc.
We will consider young adult literature, too, from the perspective of the teacher and examine ways to utilize it to build students' literacy, promote the habit of reading for pleasure, reinforce content learned in other courses (i.e., cross-curricular connections), introduce students to worlds and people beyond their range of ordinary experiences, and encourage discussion of issues important to adolescents by providing examples of characters facing those issues.
This course is appropriate for future teachers of adolescents, for future elementary school teachers, for English or psychology majors, or for anyone who enjoys reading in general.
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