Young Adult Literature Teacher Resources
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Seeing Themes in Young Adult Literature
Seventh graders examine the themes that recur in young adult literature. They will complete a pre-assessment that shows their knowledge of theme in contemporary television, movies, and books. They then learn the associated vocabulary and read literature from an assigned list to develop their understanding of theme. In the end, they will take a post-assessment.
Information Problem Solving
Students present information about an author of young adult literature using a HyperStudio stack.
Reurring Symbols in Young Adult Literature
Students explore the ways symbolism is used and develop skill in identifying and relating symbols used in literature. They focus on the common symbols of adolescence and maturation by doing independent reading and teacher conferences, small group discussions, and literature circles in this two week mini-unit.
Learners get to choose which task they'd like to complete as their end of the semester project. Assignments include a literary presentation, response paper, to compose a test, or other creative project. Each are long-term projects focused on literary analysis and critical reading.
Recurring Symbols in Young Adult Literature
Eighth graders explore common symbols recurring in literature that relate to issues of adolescence and maturation. In this symbol analysis lesson, 8th graders review symbols in magazines, newspapers, or television. Students read a literary selection to tab the text where they find symbols. Students complete the related worksheets and write a paragraph for each selection from the reading plan.
Seeing Themes in Young Adult Literature
Seventh graders review the concept of theme and explore common themes found in literature dealing with issues of adolescence. In the Post Assessment, 7th graders respond to a series of self-selected readings by identifying themes and the details which support and develop them.
China: Culture and Young Adult literature
Eighth graders are introduced to Chinese language and culture to make Asian reading selections in literature circles more meaningful. They write about Chinese characters, work on oral speaking, and read Asian books and then have discussions on them.
The Holocaust in Literature: Fiction and Non-Fiction
Using literature is an effective way to address the Holocaust with your students.
Kid Lit Crit
Students explore different types of student literature; they then write their own fiction pieces, in either fantasy/adventure or memoir/realism style.
The Paths of Literature: The Family Today
Use the internet to research the differences between families in the past and today. In groups, they identify the reponsibilities and roles of each member of the family. As a class, they compare and contrast non-fiction and fiction and read various excerpts of literature to identify the setting, characters, plot and theme. To end the lesson, they take a survey for their teacher's eyes only about the structure of their family.
A Reading Guide to Island of the Blue Dolphins
Reading Island of the Blue Dolphins with your class? This reading guide, though not a complete lesson or curriculum, will provide you with all the information you need to develop an excellent literature unit for this award winning book. Starting with background information about Scott O'Dell and his writing of the story, this guide moves on to provide a plot summary, character and setting descriptions, key vocabulary, important themes, and chapter related guiding questions. Also included are potential writing topics and extension activities, making this a complete resource for teaching this story. Consider reading this historical fiction novel as the class is learning about Native American cultures to allow for interdisciplinary connections.
Literature Awards: Beehive Award Nominees for Young Adult Books 2003-2004
Students research nominees for Utah's Beehive Literature Awards for young adults.
Trash or Treasure?
Middle schoolers explore the concept of philanthropy. For this service learning lesson, students pull together to clean up a community park and reflect on the experience through literature.
A Long Time Ago in the Future
Students read and discuss Canadian young adult literature. They compare/contrast the elements of citizenship, characterization, and themes, write journal responses, and identify the elements that define Canadians.
Night Golf Classroom Guide
Learners read the story "Night Golf" and respond to questions that enhance their comprehension of the book's message. In this reading lesson, students participate in a literature circle to explore reading passages. Learners personalize their reading by answering specific questions during an active reading activity. Students then have the option to research the rules and technical aspects of playing golf.
Writing Effective Responses to Literature
Help your middle schoolers respond to literature by using this literary critique lesson plan. They will discover critique strategies as they employ their knowledge of literary elements to role-play the part of a literary critic reviewing a selected piece of literature. They will also learn to use persuasive strategies throughout this nine-part activity.
Students trace the rites of passage from the 1940's through the present in literature. They review some of their favorite expressions first and compare some of Holden's speech with their own. They discuss initial reactions to the book and the similarities or differences between Holden and self?
Characters' Coming of Age
Students develop older versions of child or adolescent characters from favorite works of literature, adapting them for teenage or adult sequels. They each outline a sequel and write its first chapter.
Dear Mrs. Parks Teacher's Guide
Students read and respond to the book, Dear Mrs. Parks. In this African-American literature lesson, students read the text and examine several vocabulary words from the text. Students answer 11 discussion questions and participate in literature circles. Suggested writing activities accompany this lesson.
Students research resources that are available on the web regarding the subjects of studenT and Young Adult Literature. They create a critique of websites that be used by local teachers.