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Content Area Learning and Young Adult Literature

Why use young adult literature in content area classrooms
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Tracy Williams

on 22 February 2011

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Transcript of Content Area Learning and Young Adult Literature

Content Area Learning and Young Adult Literature Successful Content
Area Reading Problem of Textbooks Benefits of YA Literature In the Classroom Examples Textbook as one source
Relevant issues read
Multiple perspectives presented
Variety of genres
Various reading lengths
Current information
Multiple disciplines What students read How students read Gather information and build meaning
Allowed choice
Variety of thinking strategies
Engaged
Social activity
Focused on inquiry and interpretation
Reading based on themes
Linked to student action and advocacy
Creative assessment Textbooks are hard to read. Textbooks transfer knowledge. Textbooks are authoritarian. Textbooks hold a monocultural view Engaging Appealing presentation of information.
Engaging content
Narrative structure
People we care about, places we visualize
Danger, conflict and choices Inquiry Issues that can be discussed, debated and disputed
Often no "right answer" but open-ended exploration
Ownership over their own learning Multiple Perspectives Variety of viewpoints and theories
Teaches students to critically think about multiple sides to an issue
Multiple perspectives of students Textbooks are superficial Multicultural Promote unity not uniformity
Disputes social hierarchy with America as the top and the norm
Differences are an asset
"Nourish the sense of a man's dignity and worth" (Rosenblatt, 2005) Depth Contains moral, political, ethical issues
Students learn to critically examine these issues
Develop a vision for a better future
Become advocates for social justice and change Read Alouds
Book Groups
Free Reading
Complementary Reading "Students consume a drastically unbalanced reading diet, with negative side effects like low test scores, ignorance of vital information, and negative attitude toward reading."
(Daniels & Zemelman, 2004) Works Cited

Alverman, D. & Phelps, S. (2005). Content reading and literacy: succeeding in today's diverse classrooms. Pearson.

Daniels, H. & Zemelman, S. (2004). Subjects matter: Every teachers guide to content-area reading. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

George, Jean C. (1992). Who really killed cock robin? Harper Collins.

Green, J. ( 2006). An abundance of katherines. Dutton Juvenile.

Rosenblatt, L. (2005). Making meaning with texts. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.

Wolk, S. (2009). Reading for a better world: Teaching for social responsibility with young adult literature. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 52(8), 664-673.

Zusak, M. (2006). The book thief. Knopf Books.
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