The book draws from literary, psychological, and sociological perspectives to discuss and to illustrate how these perspectives contribute to instructional practices in Young Adult Literature. The focus is on young adult identity development as it is integrated into reading literature and contributing to the young adult reader’s personal growth. The suggestions for instruction range from complete lessons to mini-lessons as well as to student-developed lessons that encourage participation and responsibility of the student in his/her own learning. There is a section on integrating media, technology and literature in instruction. And finally, a look at implications and applications for assessment and curriculum.
Lorraine Dagostino PhD, professor emeritus, University of Massachusetts Lowell, has been an educator since 1970 in the public schools, community college, four year college, and the university.
Jennifer Bauer PhD,is the chair of the Communication Department at Middlesex Community College. Prior to that, she taught at Lowell High School for 12 years.
Kathleen Ryan PhD, is an associate professor and co-director of the literature and history department. She is also the director of the education program at Hellenic College.
Chapter One: A Conceptual Understanding of Literature and Young Adult Literature
Chapter Two: Theoretical Perspectives on the Literary, Psychological and Sociological
Chapter Three: The Role That Questions and Inquiry Play in Nurturing an Understanding of Young Adult Literature
Chapter Four: Media, Technology and Literature
Chapter Five: The Conceptual Background and Practical Ideas for the Instructional Goals for the Development of Identity in Young Adult Literature
Chapter Six: Final Remarks and Implications for The Implementation of Curriculum Organization and Content
Background Reading and Bibliographic References
About the Authors
This book is a labor of love offered by experts in the field of young adult literacy. It provides a careful and compassionate analysis of the relationship between a young adult reader and a literary text from both psychological and sociological perspectives. It is thoughtfully conceived, beautifully researched, and elegantly written. This study is a necessary read for teachers, for scholars, and for anyone interested in the field of literacy studies.
A fresh perspective for educators of literary courses for the young adult reader and how to help them bring their own experiences and understanding to the text, while giving the reader the freedom to broaden their world view. This book explains the relationship between the reader, literature and the role of the teacher and how using literature for instruction brings about the development of identity and growth in the young adult reader, which can continue to lead the young adult reader to independent reading of more complex literature. As a book club leader, the concepts in this book gave me new ways of approaching areas of discussion for my book club, such as, at what point in the book did you become engaged, personal response and character development, even though the book club is beyond the young adult stage of reading. This book gave me a whole new perspective of why we read and the life long effects of reading.
The authors believe that students reading young adult literature are in a transformational period of their lives. The young adult literature that they encounter and engage in can be companions and guides as they explore and develop their identities and develop their capacity for tolerance, understanding, compassion, equity and kindness. The authors provide not only a framework rooted in Rosenblatt’s concept of transactional reading, they also provide models for applying the instructional framework to actual young adult stories. Their coverage of the theory and practice of the young adult literature landscape puts teachers in a position to develop their own young adult literature lessons, units, and curriculum knowing they are building on the ground that will encourage student engagement and involvement with the power of young adult literature.
This book is an eye-opening resource for anyone working with young adults in the English language arts, as well as anyone simply interested in young adult literature. Both practitioners and researchers will find the book an informative resource on the literary and psychological theories informing the instruction of young adult literature, and educators especially will find helpful the suggestions for instruction offered by the authors. This is a must-read for anyone working with young people in the field of literature.
Two of the writing purposes of this book match the mainstream of educational requirements and a nationwide movement initiated by the Chinese government to strengthen and improve ideological instruction and moral education in all levels of the educational system, especially colleges and universities where disciplinary instruction is expected to integrate ideological and moral education for students in various ways. These writing purposes are acquainting readers with the dimensions of the human experience that young adult literature offers because of its reinforcement of such values as tolerance, acceptance, understanding, compassion, empathy, and kindness, and reminding readers that society is in desperate need of thoughtful citizens and that young adult literature provides rich resources for students to draw on in order to grow into compassionate, engaged and educated citizens and the needs of society.
The prose is pithy and, for one, it aptly orients the reader towards the theme of identity. The authors crafted a work that promotes higher-order thinking in literacy classrooms. Their foundational model emphasizes identity, empathy, compassion and understanding over quick recall, standardization and other less desirable things. Amazing work! Now all they need to do is find enlightened and open-minded teachers willing to leave their old ways behind.
The authors’ choice to begin the book with so much attention to identity formation in Young Adult Literature is a good one. Historically, concerns about adolescent identity have been besieged by so many warring factions. There often are many unhealthy distractions and messages mixed in with well-meaning advice leaving teachers and students feeling a bit confused. Therefore, this book is valuable as it provides clear reasoning and guidance for English teachers to help students, through literature, to reconcile such conflicting perspectives at such a challenging point in their lives.
This is a valuable and informative book. In today’s dramatically changing world, it is extremely important for all of us to think about how we educate the young adults who are the key to the future. One of the most effective ways to help them deal with uncertainty and to keep them sharp and reflective is through their reading. This book provides detailed discussions and instructive insights not only for current and future teachers, but also for parents and other educators who hope to have a better understanding of adolescents and to use the power of young adult literature to help young people navigate through their journey of life. Readers will find a variety of practical suggestions to support young adults such as evaluating and selecting the right books, using effective questioning strategies, and guiding readers to relish the stories and to explore bigger themes.