What's the Big Idea? Integrating Young Adult Literature in the Middle School By: Marshall A. George Drawing on New York City teachers' experiences, this article examines three ways to effectively integrate young adult literature into the curriculum: use core texts (usually novels, but also other genres as well) that the entire class read and study together; organize literature study with text sets, allowing students to select from multiple texts to read; and incorporate independent reading into coursework (via Sustained Silent Reading or at-home reading assignments). Since entering the classroom as a teacher of English language arts 14 years ago, I have learned a great deal about exploring language and literature with adolescents, and my beliefs and approach to curriculum and teaching have evolved considerably. I began my career, as many teachers do, believing that a fairly traditional approach to teaching a very traditional canon-based literature curriculum was the best thing I could do to prepare my college-bound students for what lay ahead.
Top 12 Young Adult Books for Reluctant Readers Based on the last school year, I've compiled my list of the best read, most asked for, and favorite books from my class library. All 12 of these titles are young adult fiction, and all of my copies of these books are coming apart at the seams..literally! The list includes books aimed for both guys and girls. This list is (most importantly) not up to me–all of these books were checked out most of the year because my students LOVE them…some would definitely not make my top 12 list! I put them in reverse order and linked the titles to a summary of the book…so, drum roll please:
Teaching Literature Title: The Uglies Author: Scott Westerfeld Year Published: 2005 Publisher: Simon Pulse Author link: www.scottwesterfeld.com/ Amazon link: www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_b/105-8621530-1215607?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=The+Uglies Tally Youngblood lives in the future, hundreds of years from now, where kids roam around on hoverboards, belly sensors warn them of danger, and there is little to worry about. Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Skip to main content Search form a Division of the American Library Association You are at: ALA.org » YALSA » Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers Share this page: Share on Facebook
Why YA in the Classroom Recently a report on high school students and reading levels came out with an alarming headline: “High Schoolers Reading at 5th Grade-Level.” Covered previously here at The Hub, the report gathered data suggesting that a majority of high school students are reading below grade level. It also asked an important question: what should kids be reading? One answer to this question is using more young adult literature in high school classes to increase interest and reading levels. YA is more popular than ever thanks to a certain dystopian series being turned into an insanely popular movie. But this strategy is not without its drawbacks.
Reluctant Readers - Young Adult Literature: A Reference Guide High/Low Handbook - Ellen Libretto; Catherine Barr Publication Date: 2002-12-30 Ellen Libretto and Catherine Barr have compiled this handbook that would be a great addition to any ready reference collection serving teens. The handbook offers selection of books, graphic novels, websites, and magazines that fit the high/low model (high interest/low vocabulary). 44 Books to Read if You Love Twilight by First Mate Keira If you haven’t yet read the Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer, you should. All 4 books are out. This is their order: Plus there’s a companion piece to Eclipse entitled The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner
Read.gov - Library of Congress Open a book and you open the door to a new world. The Library of Congress welcomes children, teens and adults to the Young Readers Center, a place especially designed for young people. Story Time for Infants and Toddlers at the Young Readers Center