Teaching Young Adult Literature Today Insights, Considerations, and Perspectives for the Classroom Teacher

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  • Copyright: 2012-03-15
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Teaching Young Adult Literature introduces the reader to what is current and relevant in the plethora of good books available for adolescents. More importantly, literary experts illustrate how teachers everywhere can help their students become lifelong readers by simply introducing them to great reads-smart, insightful, and engaging books that are specifically written for adolescents. Hayn, Kaplan, and their contributors address a wide range of topics: how to avoid common obstacles to using YAL; selecting quality YAL for classrooms while balancing these with curriculum requirements; engaging disenfranchised readers; pairing YAL with technology as an innovative way to teach curriculum standards across all content areas. Contributors also discuss more theoretical subjects, such as the absence of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) young adult literature in secondary classrooms; and contemporary YAL that responds to the changing expectations of digital generation readers who want to blur the boundaries between page and screen.

Author Biography

Judith A. Hayn is associate professor of English education at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is the chair of the NCTE Conference on English Education Commission on the Study and Teaching of Adolescent Literature and of the Special Interest Group Network on Adolescent Literature (SIGNAL) for the International Reading Association. Jeffrey S. Kaplan is associate professor of English education at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Kaplan is president-elect for ALAN (Assembly for the Study of Literature for Adolescents). He is also the Research Connections editor for The ALAN Review, a leading peer-reviewed journal on the study and teaching of young adult literature.

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Where Has YAL Been?
Young Adult Literature: Defining the Role of Researchp. 7
The Changing Face of Young Adult Literature: What Teachers and Researchers Need to Know to Enhance Their Practice and Inquiryp. 19
Literacy Teacher Education Today and the Teaching of Adolescent Literature: Perspectives on Research and Practicep. 41
Where Is YAL Now?
Identifying Obstacles and Garnering Support: Young Adult Literature in the English Language Arts Classroomp. 61
Using Young Adult Literature to Motivate and Engage the Disengagedp. 79
Dysropian Novels: What Imaging Futures Tell Young Readers about the Present and Futurep. 99
Out of the Closet and Into the Open: LGBTQ Young Adult Literature in the Language Arts Classroomp. 117
Multicultural Adolescent Literature: Finding the Balancep. 135
Updating Young Adult Literature Reading Lists While Retaining Quality Titlesp. 155
Crossing Boundaries: Genre-Blurring in Books for Young Adultsp. 167
The Best-Selling Adult Novelist and Young Adult Fictionp. 185
Young Adult Literature as a Call to Social Activismp. 203
Where Is YAL Going?
Beyond the Language Arts Classroom: The Dynamic Intersection of Young Adult Literature and Technological, Pedegogical, and Content Knowledgep. 225
Reading with Blurred Boundaries: The Influence of Digital and Visual Culture on Young Adult Novelsp. 241
YAL in Cyberspace: How Teachers Are Following Their Students into New Literaciesp. 257
Indexp. 275
About the Contributorsp. 291
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