Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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978-1-4758-4082-7 • Hardback • April 2018 • $67.00 • (£52.00)
Jennifer S. Dail, Ph.D., is an associate professor of English Education at Kennesaw State University where she works with graduate students in secondary English Education and directs the Kennesaw Mountain Writing Project. Her primary focus is on digital media and technology in English language arts classrooms, and she has a deep love of young adult literature.
Shelbie Witte, Ph.D., is the Chuck and Kim Watson Chair in Education and Associate Professor of Adolescent Literacy and English Education at Oklahoma State University, where she works with preservice English Language Arts teachers. She is the director of the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies Research and the Oklahoma State University Writing Project.
Steven T. Bickmore is an Associate professor of English Education at UNLV and maintains a weekly academic blog on YA literature (http://www.yawednesday.com/). He is a past editor of The ALAN Review and a current editor of Study and Scrutiny: Research in Young Adult Literature.
Introduction: Critical Engagements with Literature: Guiding Youth as They Read, Compose, and Participate in the World
Shelbie Witte and Jennifer S. Dail
Part I: Using Young Adult Literature and Digital Spaces to Encounter the World
Chapter 1- Emojis, #Hashtags, and Texting Oh My!: Remixing Shakespeare in the ELA Classroom
Michelle M. Falter and Crystal L. Beach
Chapter 2- Transmedia Stories in the English Classroom
Rikki Roccanti Overstreet
Chapter 3- Remixing Reader Response with Digital, Mobile, and Multimodal Literacies
Lesley Roessing and Julie Warner
Part II: Using Young Adult Literature and Digital Spaces to Evaluate the World
Chapter 4- We Too are Connecticut: Digital Ubuntu with Matt de la Pena’s We Were Here
Bryan Ripley Crandall, Kate Bedard, Paula Fortuna, Kim Herzog, Shaun Mitchell, Jennifer von Wahlde, and Megan Zabilansky
Chapter 5- Becoming a Global and Digital Citizen through the Power of Young Adult Literature Kathryn Bailey
Part III: Using Young Adult Literature and Digital Spaces to Engage in the World
Chapter 6- Participating in Literacy and the Outside World: Consuming, Composing, and Sharing Graphic Narratives
Mike P. Cook and Brandon L. Sams
Chapter 7- Remixing Literacy for Justice and Hope
Chapter 8- #iread #iwrite #iteach: Modeling the Use of Technology, Participatory Culture, and Critical Inquiry with YA Literature in the ELA Classroom
Steffany Comfort Maher
About the Editors
About the Contributors
This text will be a valuable source for instruction as it not only introduces digital formats and assignments that may be new for many teachers such as transmedia writing, but also shares fresh and exciting ways to use familiar types of digital media such as Google Maps, YouTube, and TedTalks. There are also plenty of hyperlinks to online content so teachers can immediately start trying out new ideas!
— Victor Malo-Juvera, Professor and Undergraduate Coordinator at the University of North Carolina Wilmington
At the core, young adult literature has always forced us as readers to challenge our own assumptions, engage in difficult conversations, and think more critically about race, class, gender, and other markers of identity. With Young Adult Literature and the Digital World, Dail, Witte, and Bickmore have curated a collection that presents us with yet another set of lenses that bring new literacies to the fore. With contributions that examine everything from emojis and hashtags to graphic novels, TED Talks, and transmedia storytelling, more than twenty educators featured in this volume push us to think about subversion, culture jamming, affinity spaces, and even reinterpretations of Shakespeare for a digital age. Indeed, the concept of "ubuntu" – “I can be me because of who we are together” – lives in this collection, and we see how teachers bring YA issues and identities to light in a variety of innovative ways.
— Dr. Troy Hicks, professor of English & Education, Central Michigan University, author, Crafting Digital Writing (2013) & Because Digital Writing Matters (2010)
Young Adult Literature and the Digital World debunks once and for all the tired, outdated idea that young adult literature and digital media tools are mere add-ons to the ‘real’ ELA curriculum. The contributors to this volume display in vivid, engaging fashion how young people are taking inspiration from books that honor them as readers and thinkers and leveraging digital communication tools to raise their voices as young scholars and citizens. This book is vital to all teachers mentoring young people as they compose new personal and social lives into existence.
— Nicole Mirra, assistant professor of Urban Teacher Education, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University
Young Adult Literature and the Digital World: Textual Engagements through Visual Media is a much needed text; one that highlights how digital and traditional literary spaces collide, providing teachers a plethora of ideas for guiding their students down a multitude of learning paths. This text provides teaching ideas that will help teachers ignite youth passion, and it will support teachers as they guide students in establishing personal learning trajectories centered on young adult literature and digital media.
— Hannah R. Gerber, PhD, Sam Houston State University and University of South Africa; president, International Council for Educational Media
The mobile phones young people carry around with them have more computing power than NASA when astronauts went to the moon in 1969. What it means to be a young adult is undergoing a radical transformation in the 21st century, dizzily perpetuated by the speed, reach, and ubiquity of digital devices. How are teachers to explore that transformation clearheadedly? Dail, Witte, and Bickmore have a way forward. They have invited some of the best voices in the field to escort readers through the worlds of young adult literature and digital literacies. The result is a fantastic collection of pedagogical moonshots that will leave readers gazing anew at the stars with their feet firmly planted on the schoolground.
— Tom Liam Lynch, professor, Education Technology, Pace University, creator, Gradgrind’s Education Blog