Okay, maybe not thirteen, but I have ten good reasons why young adult literature should be in the classroom.
I gave my students the opportunity to volunteer to do an end of the year project where they'll "test drive" some YA novels that I'm looking at using in my classes.
The units next year will connect the books to a social issues research project where students don't just follow themes and ideas in the text, but they'll also research it throughout history and in our present day society. I plan to bring in speakers about these topics and have my students This year my students will just take notes as they read, develop discussion questions, lesson plans and projects that I may use next year.
I'm pretty excited about the potential for next year, and I'm even more excited when I introduced it to my students and large amount of them wanted participate. In fact, they were arguing about who got first dibs on the books.
Students fighting about books?
Am I dreaming?
I've always been a huge believer in the power of YA literature and using them in the classroom. I can't wait to get my students feedback.
Here's the line up...
Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher)
Life as We Know It (Pfeffer)
The Good Thief (Tinti)
Paper Towns (Green)
Little Brother (Doctorow)
The Book Thief (Zusak)
Hunger Games (Collins)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian (Alexie)
What about you? If there was a high school YA literary canon, what books would you add?