I think I’m really going to do it. I had initially planned to present something along the lines of reading comprehension strategies for low-level 7-12 students, but, as a lowly student teacher, I don’t feel experienced enough yet. Instead, I’m going to tackle something with a little less pressure attached to it: Young Adult Literature. I don’t think it’s a big surprise, considering how ambivalent I tend to be toward “The Canon.”
What I plan to do is introduce why Young Adult Literature is important in the middle school and high school classroom, how it can be included within an English curriculum at these levels and how to keep up with and access YA Lit novels using journals and the Internet.
I just returned from the library with some nice print resources that I’m going to draw from in preparation for my presentation and accompanying paper. These are definitely great resources for the English teacher curious about YA lit and how to incorporate it into the classroom.
Herz, Sarah K. and Donald R. Gallo. From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics. Second Edition. (2005)
Monseau, Virginia R. and Gary M. Salvner, Eds. Reading their World: The Young Adult Novel in the Classroom. (1992)
A great online resource is The Assembly on Literature for Adolescents, an organization who publishes a Young Adult Literature journal called the ALAN Review. The ALAN Review publishes articles about the genre or YA Literature as well as book reviews of newly published YA novels.