Young Adult Literature: The Heart of the Middle School Curriculum (Young Adult Literature Series)
Young adult literature provides a mirror in which adolescents can observe themselves and their world with an ease and security that other kinds of texts fail to provide. It is a logical starting point for planning middle school learning experiences across the curriculum, but one that, up until now, has never fully been explored. Stover's book is designed to help middle school teachers develop concept-based, transdisciplinary units that reflect what we know about thehelp middle school teachers develop concept-based, transdisciplinary units that reflect what we know about the value of students working together to construct knowledge and the value of putting young adult literature at the center of such a planning process. The author presents a process for planning transdisciplinary units, a rationale for using young adult literature, and an overview of teaching strategies that best reflect the synthesis of this evolving knowledge base.… read more
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The 1904 Kappa Annual by George H. Woods, et al. Springfield, Mass: Kappa Chapter of Central High School, 1904. 120 pages. Hardcov...er. read more
The Hobbit or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien. Illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1966. 3...17 pages. read more
The Hobbit: or There and Back Again by J. R. R. Tolkien. Illustrated by J. R. R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1997. ...319 pages. Hardcover. Slipcase. Distressed wear. read more
The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company. 12th Printing. 352 pages. Hardcover in dust jacket.
Disabling Characters" provides detailed analyses of selected young adult (YA) novels and short stories. It looks at the relative a...gency of the disabled character, the behavior of the other characters, the environment in which the character must live, the assumptions that seem to be underlying certain scenes, and the extent to which the book challenges or perpetuates an unsatisfactory status quo. Class discussions about disability-themed literature, however well intentioned, have the potential to reinforce harmful myths or stereotypes about disability. In contrast, discussions informed by a critical disability studies perspective can help readers develop more sophisticated views of disability and contribute to a more just and inclusive society. The book examines discussion questions, lesson plans, study guides, and other supplemental materials aimed at students studying these texts, and it suggests more critical questions to pose about these texts and the positive and/or negative work they do, perhaps subliminally, in our culture. This book is a much-needed addition to college classes in YA literature, literary analysis, methods of teaching literature, disability studies, cultural studies, contemporary criticism, special education, and adolescent literacy. read more
Literature For Young Adults Books & More
A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.Aristotle is an angry teen with ...a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. read more
A useful tool for in-service and pre-service teachers, undergraduate or graduate classes, or teacher-educators who want fresh appr...oaches to teaching and analyzing Young Adult Literature, this new book describes powerful, exciting practical applications of complex ideas with Post-Structuralist theoretical approaches to literature. These critical perspectives will help readers interpret literature, foster an understanding of some of the major theoretical issues in today s culture, and allow for an open dialogue in the classroom. The authors accurately adapt these dense critical perspectives and theories into readily available classroom strategies. Some of the most recurring critical perspectives for analyzing literature in the volume are: Louise Rosenblatt s Reader Response criticism, Feminist criticism, Deconstruction, Queer Theory, and analyses of Power. The authors wide range of texts includes graphic novels, hypertexts, and film adaptations as supplements for Young Adult novels. References are compiled at the end of each chapter so that extra materials can be sought easily. Examples of students work, classroom case studies as vignettes and discussion dialogue cues can be found throughout the volume. Provides activities which will be easy to incorporate into any Young Adult Literature classroom. read more
Dystopian novels have become one of the most popular subgenres of YA literature. This high-interest book examines the themes and c...onventions found in young adult dystopian novels and series like the Hunger Games, Divergent, the 5th Wave, the Red Queen, the Selection, Book of Ember, Maze Runner, and more. Developed by Timothy Rasinski and Lori Oczkus, and featuring TIME content, this book builds reading skills and includes essential text features like an index, captions, glossary, and table of contents. The detailed sidebars, fascinating images, and Dig Deeper section prompt students to connect back to the text and encourage multiple readings. Check It Out! includes suggested resources for further reading. Aligned with state standards, this title features complex content appropriate for students preparing for college and career readiness. read more
POPULAR SERIES FICTION FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AND TEEN READERS
"Teaching Young Adult Literature introduces the reader to what is current and relevant in the plethora of good books available for... adolescents. This smart collection by literary experts illustrates how teachers can help their students become lifelong readers by simply introducing them to smart, insightful, and engaging books"-Provided by publisher. read more
Lieutenant Nulo's fighting skills are legendary. Unfortunately, his showboating behavior leads to formal charges and humiliation. ...Determined to redeem himself, but hunted by his bitter enemies, Nulo is running out of places to hide. Along the way he meets read more
This collection of new essays analyzes the work of 29 authors and illustrators. South African children's and youth literature, hig...hly regarded internationally has a long history. South Africa is the most prolific publisher of children's books on the conti read more
Enhance your historical fiction collection - and its popularity with readers and value in the classroom - with this wide-ranging g...uide. After discussion of various aspects of the genre (its importance, history, criteria for evaluation, and methods of presentation), the author takes an in-depth look at 80 of the best historical fiction novels published for this age group in the last 10 to 15 years. For each title there is a brief introduction discussing setting, historical background, and point of view; a list of characters; a detailed plot summary; and ways to introduce the book to students, including important passages for reading or retelling. This versatile tool, written by a recognized expert in children's literature, can be used for readers' advisory, curricular support, title selection, and collection development. Grades 4-8. read more
Middle School Reading for the Common Core
The first work of its kind, this bibliography examines literature for young people concerning the Indian subcontinent and associat...ed areas: Bangladesh; the Himalayan kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal, Sikkim, and Tibet; India; Pakistan; and Sri Lanka. Meena Khorana presents the dual perspective of authors native to the region as well as non-native authors, mainly western, and her book reflects the rich folklore and traditional culture of the subcontinent, its checkered history of civilizations and colonizations, and post-independence efforts to foster pride in traditions and stimulate confidence for facing modern challenges. An extensive introductory essay traces the development of children's literature in the region since 1947 in the context of historical, political, social, and economic influences and reviews the major themes and trends in western children's literature about the subcontinent. Included are all available pertinent books written in or translated into English for preschool to twelfth-grade students. The more than 900 entries are organized into five chapters according to country or subregion, and each chapter is subdivided by genre: traditional literature, fiction (historical, realistic, and fantasy), poetry, drama, biography and autobiography, and informational books. Further access is afforded by indexes of authors, illustrators, titles, and subjects. The annotations provide plot summary, thematic analysis, and literary criteria, Khorana also considers a work's sensitivity to multicultural and international issues. Every source was personally read by the author, whose goal was to offer a reference guide to this material for teachers, scholars, librarians, and students. read more
This volume recommends some 500 positive, heart-warming stories for young readers―stories of the human spirit and what it can acco...mplish; stories of loving families surviving crises in positive ways; historical tales full of quick-witted people (especially girls); fairy tales with strong women; true stories of survival; and more. These gentle and uplifting reads span every genre―from science fiction and fantasy, to mysteries, realistic fiction, biographies, and nonfiction. They are Accelerated Reader titles, Reading Counts titles, and Junior Library Guild selections. Primarily intended for grades 5 to 9, this is a list of reading suggestions for the young adult who wants a great read but does not want to be offended. Grades 5-9. read more
Mysterious invaders are threatening Earth...so recruit a group of elite schoolkids to play videogames that secretly train them for... the real fight that lies ahead! Does this plan sound familiar? Well, they'd better get a new plan, because the elite... read more
Shinji! Rei! Asuka! And of course...Kaworu! The elite four students of the National Defense Middle School...otherwise known as NER...V! They're training to prevent the "New Century Apocalypse"...but will all their training help them when they're demoing... read more
Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl is the most widely read text about the Holocaust, yet it reveals only one example of the tr...agic consequences of the Nazi policy to eliminate the Jews. This casebook enriches Anne Frank's remarkable personal account with a variety of historical documents that illuminate the political and social context of anti-Semitism in Germany and the Holocaust. It includes an account of the Frank family's life in Germany before emigrating to Holland; first-person accounts of Anne's last seven months in deportation and concentration camps; other Holocaust narratives in the form of memoirs, letters, and children's diaries; an excerpt from Zlata's Diary, the story of a young girl caught in the war in Bosnia which has been compared to Anne Frank's; official Nazi pronouncements on The Final Solution to the Jews; and newspaper reports and editorials of the horrific events occurring between 1939 and 1945. All of these materials will help the student to better understand the historical context of Anne's experience, and the teacher to select appropriate materials to sensitize students to this period in history.Documents and discussion materials are organized into chapters on the Frank family history, including a chronology; the Jews in Holland; children in the Holocaust and their rescuers; a narrative overview and chronology of anti-Semitism in modern Germany; the Holocaust; and other Holocaust stories. Kopf also addresses the psychological issues of adolescent development so dramatically illustrated in Anne's diary and looks at her writing as carefully crafted literature. Each chapter contains study questions, topics for research papers and class discussions, and lists of further reading for exploring the historical as well as the personal issues leading to and culminating in the Holocaust. This is an invaluable source for interdisciplinary, English, and world history classes. read more
Paperback, Wayside Pub, 2013, ISBN13 9781938026652, ISBN10 1938026659
[Young Adult Fiction (Ages 12-17)]The final book in the twisted YA trilogy re-imagining of the origin story of the Queen of Hearts....Dinah has lost everyone she ever loved. Her brother was brutally murdered. The wicked man she believed was her father betrayed her. Her loyal subjects have been devastated by war. And the boy she gave her heart to broke it completely.Now a dark queen has risen out of the ashes of her former life. Fury is blooming inside Dinah, poisoning her soul and twisting her mind. All she has left is Wonderland and her crown, and her obsession to fight for both. But the war rages on and Dinah could inherit a blood-stained throne. Can a leader filled with love and rage ever be the ruler her kingdom needs? Or will her all-consuming wrath bring Wonderland to its knees?This is not a story of happily ever after. This is the story of the Queen of Hearts. read more
By examining the novels of critically and commercially successful authors such as Sarah Dessen ("Someone Like You"), Stephenie Mey...er (the "Twilight" series), and Laurie Halse Anderson ("Speak"), "Reading Like a Girl: Narrative Intimacy in Contemporary American Young Adult Literature" explores the use of narrative intimacy as a means of reflecting and reinforcing larger, often contradictory, cultural expectations regarding adolescent women, interpersonal relationships, and intimacy. "Reading Like a Girl" explains the construction of narrator-reader relationships in recent American novels written about adolescent women and marketed to adolescent women. Sara K. Day explains, though, that such levels of imagined friendship lead to contradictory cultural expectations for the young women so deeply obsessed with reading these novels. Day coins the term narrative intimacy to refer to the implicit relationship between narrator and reader that depends on an imaginary disclosure and trust between the story s narrator and the reader. Through critical examination, the inherent contradictions between this enclosed, imagined relationship and the real expectations for adolescent women s relations prove to be problematic. In many novels for young women, adolescent female narrators construct conceptions of the adolescent woman reader, constructions that allow the narrator to understand the reader as a confidant, a safe and appropriate location for disclosure. At the same time, such novels offer frequent warnings against the sort of unfettered confession the narrators perform. Friendships are marked as potential sites of betrayal and rejection. Romantic relationships are presented as inherently threatening to physical and emotional health. And so, the narrator turns to the reader for an ally who cannot judge. The reader, in turn, may come to depend upon narrative intimacy in order to vicariously explore her own understanding of human expression and bonds." read more
Which title follows "Among the Imposters" in Margaret Peterson Haddix's Shadow Children series? How many titles are in L.A. Meyer'...s series that feature the Jacky Faber character? Which fantasy series are most suitable for readers ages 12 through 18? A read more
In this practical guidebook, experienced librarians―a public librarian and a school librarian―share advice and ideas for extending... resources, containing costs, and leveraging capabilities between school and public libraries, offering insights and strategies to overcome today's economic challenges.• Offers detailed instructions for initiating a collaborative relationship between public and school libraries• Explains how to navigate tricky political situations that can arise when trying to please two distinct administrative boards• Includes practical advice from both school and public perspectives• Best Practices section offers successful case studies and real-world tested ideas and tips• What We Wish You Knew! sidebars provide examples of challenges encountered and problems to avoid as well as hints for success read more
The Cambridge History of Japanese Literature provides, for the first time, a history of Japanese literature with comprehensive cov...erage of the premodern and modern eras in a single volume. The book is arranged topically in a series of short, accessible chapters for easy access and reference, giving insight into both canonical texts and many lesser known, popular genres, from centuries-old folk literature to the detective fiction of modern times. The various period introductions provide an overview of recurrent issues that span many decades, if not centuries. The book also places Japanese literature in a wider East Asian tradition of Sinitic writing and provides comprehensive coverage of women's literature as well as new popular literary forms, including manga (comic books). An extensive bibliography of works in English enables readers to continue to explore this rich tradition through translations and secondary reading. read more