Teaching Young Adult Literature

RDGED 704 Young Adult (YA) Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Sharron McElmeel
Tuition and Registration
RDGED 703 900 September 15 - November 28, 2014

Description

Focuses on the literature and trends over time as well as myriad of ideas for incorporating the use of literature into the goals/objectives of the classroom or library program.

Designing strategies to build an appreciation of literature, motivating life-long readers, and using literature to encourage critical thinking across the curriculum.  Topics include the nature of teen-age readers, genres of young adult literature, and its use in classroom curriculum.

Designed for middle and high school English teachers, media specialists, talented and gifted consultants, special educators, classroom teachers, media specialists and reading teachers, and directors of instruction.

This course focuses on the following key areas in the English Language Arts Common Core State Standards

  • Examines the role of young adult literature in relation to their culture and development and to build knowledge toward developing a curriculum that promotes “a progressive development of reading comprehension.”
  • Provides suggestions for “a diverse array of contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects.”
  • Supports inclusion of classic myths and stories from around the world.
  • Promotes reading as a means of developing vocabularies and conventions of language.
  • Provides an opportunity to model integration of technology with literature related activities.

This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, WI 316. This course is an approved elective in the Master of Science in Education online degree program

NOTE: You may enroll in this course to meet your goals for professional development, license renewal, or to complete graduate credits and transfer the credit to another university for school library media specialist or reading certification program.

 

Textbooks

Free e-textbooks will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-booka to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.

  1. McElmeel, S., Loertscher, D. V., & Wrenn- Estes, B. (2014).  Young Adult Literature and Multimedia: A Quick Guide, 9th Edition. Salt Lake City: Learning Commons Press/Hi Willow Research and Publishing. ISBN:  1-933170-75-1; 978-1-933170-75-6. The latest edition will be sent.

  2. McElmeel, Sharron L. (2013). The Best Teen Reads (8th ed.). Salt Lake City: Learning Commons Press. ISBN 978-1-933170-71-8

In addition to the required textbooks, participants will be asked to read widely in the area of young adult literature. Specific titles will not be required, but readings on each topic or genre will be required to successfully participate in the class discussion.


Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate a definition of young adult literature in relation to the total body of literature

  2. Analyze the role of young adult literature in the development of a young adult's world view and the development of a role as a life-long reader.

  3. Summarize elements of and reading materials representing pop culture and how those elements affect teen reading interests.

  4. Evaluate fiction and informational books in various genres and areas of interest.

  5. Select an appropriate title for a specific audience and prepare a written plan for a book talk for that book.

  6. Survey books used in the classroom and library and assess goals for creating a climate of understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and ethnic heritages.

  7. Develop activities for motivating young adults to read and discuss books critically, for example: book discussions, literary circles, and so forth.

  8. Analyze literary elements -- for example: content, plot, characterization, dialogue, and point of view -- in story and apply critical judgments to selected literature.

  9. Create a literature unit demonstrating an understanding of the body of contemporary young adult literature and best practices for using literature with preteen and teenage readers.

  10. Brainstorm ideas and plan activities to build a literacy awareness and supportive literacy environment to implement in the community; to support reading, diversity, and build a total literacy focused community.


Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 1, 4, 7

Because this class is online and open to you 24/7, you may participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.

The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. All discussion postings, projects and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and dropbox. Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.

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Our Students Say. . .

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"...a fabulous class! Hands down the best class I have taken, including those in my library master's program! Sharron is a rock star instructor and was able to draw out some great discussions among class members and help us think about the importance of helping young people become readers!"
~Sue Knopp, Library Technology Educator, Doherty High School, Colorado Springs

 


"This class truly rejuvenated me! I have many new ideas, new authors, and even a new (to me!) genre to use in the classroom. Out of the 18 credits I have taken in the last four years this has (by far) been the most well-organized, most fun, and most valuable to me as an educator. "
~ Juliet Corbett, Middle School Language Arts (5-8), Art, and Physical Science Teacher, Park Falls, Wisconsin

 


"Your textbooks, endless resources, real connection with young people, and course requirements are and will be extremely useful to me, the students, and my colleagues! ... I also appreciated being able to have real conversations about race, class, book banning, censorship, diversity, etc... Your class epitomizes that literacy can bring us together."
 ~ Wendy Smith, Academic Literacy Coach, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

 


 

"YA Literature allows you to build a solid classroom library that includes a variety of genres and styles to meet the interest of every type of reader. "
~ Carolyn Mertz, Menomonie Middle School, Menomonie, Wisconsin

 


"The most valuable things I gained through the course were new book titles, new ideas and new perspectives – this has probably been the most useful class I've ever taken! I also enjoyed the online format."
- Wendy K. Baldwin, M.A. English degree student, Nashville, Tennessee

 



"This has been a terrific course. And great fun! Interesting material, I was able to read and look at lots of books and was exposed again to U.S. educators and practice in the states."
~ Linda Rogde, Middle School Librarian, Seoul, South Korea

 


" I found this course and my classmates' comments very thought-provoking, interesting, enlightening, and a lot of fun!"
~ Katherine Ruppel, Librarian, Holy Family University, Newtown, Pennsylvania


"What I will take most from this course is the idea that there is an endless amount of literature out there for students. It doesn't matter the age, gender, or interest. It's a matter of finding the books, peaking their interests, and encouraging them to try all different genres."
~ Rhonda Thesing, Title I Reading and Math, Minnesota

 


"My students will benefit (even more than me) from all of this "exploration" as I will be booktalking all of these books within the next month."
~ Evelyn Campbell, Middle School - Language Arts and World Geography Teacher, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

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