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Teaching Young Adult Literature

Teaching Young Adult Literature
Developing Students as World Citizens

The contemporary guide to teaching young adult literature in today’s classroom

February 2013 | 368 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
This middle and secondary school methods text introduces pre-service teachers in teacher credential programs and in-service teachers pursuing a Masters degree in Education to the field of young adult literature for use in contemporary contexts. The text introduces teachers to current research on adolescent life and literacy; the new and expanding genres of young adult literature; teaching approaches and practical strategies for using young adult literature in English and Language Arts secondary classrooms and in Content Area Subjects (e.g. History); and ongoing social, political and pedagogical issues of English and Language Arts classrooms in relation to contemporary young adult literature.

This text will prepare teachers to engage with student populations that exhibit greater social, cultural, and linguistic diversity than ever before. Teachers will learn to create effective learning environments using activity-based teaching approaches and strategies for diverse student groups. They will also learn how to incorporate discussions and strategies related to dynamic new literacies, including the digitally mediated texts and multimedia compositions that are so prevalent in young adult literature and in students' creative and critical responses to this genre.

About the Authors
Part I: Foundations for The Teaching of Young Adult Literature
1. An Introduction to Adolescent Life, Texts and Teaching
2. The Nature and History of Young Adult Literature
3. The Teaching of Young Adult Literature
4. Young Adult Literature and Exceptional Learners
Part II: Established and Emerging Genres of Young Adult Literature
5. Realistic Fiction, Romance, and Mystery
6. Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror
7. Historical Fiction
8. Short Stories, Poetry, Humor
9. Nonfiction, Biographies, Information and Self-Help
10. Comics, Manga, Graphic Novels, Zines, Street (Urban) Literature
11. Postmodern Forms of Young Adult Literature
12. Global and Multicultural Literature for Young Adults
Part III: Critical Issues in Young Adult Literature
13. Boys Books/Girls Books?: Gender and Sexuality in Young Adult Literature
14. Young Adult Literature and Critical Content Area Literacy
15. Censorship
16. Technology and the Future of Young Adult Literature
Author Index
Subject Index
Key features


  • The text offers a global perspective, focusing on the impact of globalization, fast flows of information, and young adult global literature that offer a unique vehicle for readers to become informed world citizens.
  • Modeling Literature Response Strategies provide students with examples and specific ways to implement young adult literature in their classrooms.
  • Classroom Vignettes take the reader into real classrooms and demonstrate effective young adult literature strategies in action.
  • Professional Reflection and Discussion features add a critical element to each genre and related lessons with opportunities for sharing ideas with classmates.
  • Small group activities further engage learners to achieve in-depth understanding of young adult literature and teaching across genres.

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 8

Chapter 12

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