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. Marshall A.
So Many Books, So Little Time Cosy Up Book Reviews 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. But for Tally Youngblood, all she is concerned about is being “Pretty.” Tally does not want to betray her friend’s trust, but she doesn’t want to lead a life of ugliness anymore either. The Uglies, the first book in a trilogy, is an excellent companion to Lois Lowry’s The Giver.
Just Another Book Guy A Room With Books 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. Last month a teacher in South Carolina was suspended for reading aloud a passage from Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game, a YA science fiction book considered by many a classic and often taught in schools in units dealing with identity and morality. YA books are far from being universally accepted in school classrooms. Identity or Sense of Self World Literature
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