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Young Adult Literature

Course NumberLIT 252W
Lab Hours0
Lecture Hours45
Course DescriptionPrerequisite: A "C" grade or better in a college level composition II course. Explores literature written for and about young adults, defined as those students in middle or junior high and high school. Surveys quality trade books, with emphasis on top writers of the best, most engaging literature. Increases awareness of how literature speaks to young adults and engages them in language and learning experiences. Appropriate for general students of literature and those planning to enter careers in secondary education, sociology, psychology, and juvenile justice. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Recognize the quality and variety of young adult trade books as distinct from books written for children or adults.
  1. Identify various literary genres such as contemporary realistic fiction, historical fiction, modern fantasy, science fiction, short stories, poetry, drama, picture books, and non-fiction suitable for use with adolescents.
  2. Research quality trade books through repeated trips to libraries.
  3. Discuss the various types of literature appropriate for use with young adults, and be familiar with notable authors of fiction, poetry, and non-fiction.
  4. Prepare for, and participate in, Literature Circles (or similar discussion/sharing procedures) that prompt an understanding of, and appreciation for, selected award-winning young adult novels.
  5. Demonstrate a proficiency in using and evaluating Internet resources for selecting young adult books and authors.

Develop an understanding of the cognitive developmental tasks confronting adolescents and the role of literature in the process.
  1. Create an appropriate literature thematic unit and be able to select a variety of materials that will meet the educational and emotional needs of young adults.
  2. Evaluate the positive and appropriate depiction of diverse characters in terms of gender, religion, race, or ethnic origin as well as those with disabilities.
  3. Describe strategies for addressing current issues in selecting and using young adult literature.

Read and write perceptively about young adult literature.
  1. Reassess one's own reading process while experiencing various forms and content of literature.
  2. Through reader response logs, interpret how young adult books reflect adolescents' experiences and meet their emotional and intellectual needs.
  3. Through logs, reflect on ways the literary themes and situations connect to one's life experiences.
  4. Promote strategies for developing writing skills to heighten understanding of young adult literature.

Participate in "writing to learn" activities.
  1. Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  2. Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  3. Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.

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