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Adolescent Literature

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This course focuses on evaluating, selecting, integrating, and understanding adolescent literature in 6th-12th grade classrooms. Participants investigate gender, language, and individual preferences in adolescent literature. Participants analyze various techniques and formats for teaching diverse learners using an array of culturally responsive, age-appropriate, classic, contemporary, and award-winning literature. Participants examine the use of text sets, choice books, technology links, tradebooks, audio books, author studies, performance assessments, and book-to-film features to incorporate across the curriculum.

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Course details:

Credits: 3
Continuing education units: XX
Professional development units: XX
Duration: 4

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    Foundations for Teaching Adolescent Literature; Established and Emerging Genres of Adolescent Literature

    • Explain the historical development of young adult literature and the influence of realism.
    • Explain how fiction and fantasy genres manipulate time and events to create mystery, tension, and surprise.
    • Evaluate the criteria for selecting high-quality, young adult fiction within a variety of genres.
    • Identify how to engage students in cultural criticisms in order to critique historical fiction.
    • Compare the different types of emerging genres within adolescent literature.
    • Describe cultural heritage, reader response, and cultural criticism orientation within the context of teaching young adult literature.
    • Identify familiarities with exceptional learners and how they encounter the reading of young adult literature.
    • Analyze the importance of adolescent reading across a broad range of young adult literature both for pleasure and informational purposes.

    Nonfiction and Contemporary Forms of Adolescent Literature

    • Analyze the criteria for selecting texts within nonfiction and contemporary genres, identifying how they relate to Common Core Standards.
    • Explain how to use a wide variety of nonfiction texts to determine the trustworthiness and validity of Internet sources.
    • Compare contemporary forms of young adult literature.
    • Evaluate the importance of students having access to contemporary forms of literature, especially in relationship to canonical texts.

    The Study of Adolescent Authors and Literature Types

    • Compare the elements of postmodern texts and various strategies for exploring young adult literature.
    • Analyze how authors select theme, setting, characters, and plot within young adult literature.
    • Examine how authors structure texts and order events within young adult literature.
    • Explain the distinction between multicultural and global young adult literature.

    Critical Issues in Adolescent Literature

    • Examine the ways by which young adult literature may be challenged or censored.
    • Evaluate the role that gender plays in the classroom in regard to differences in selecting relevant and culturally responsive literature for all students.
    • Identify the role of technology in enhancing and altering traditional literacy classroom practices.
    • Differentiate between a variety of strategies for using young adult literature and content area texts in a secondary classroom.
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