Arts Integration and Young Adult Literature: Strategies to Enhance Academic Skills and Empower Student Voice combines two research-based concepts, arts integration and the use of young adult literature, to provide activities and instructional strategies to boost students’ communication, reading, and thinking skills, while utilizing a variety of art integrated methods with a diverse range of young adult literature to enable high school literacy teachers to harmonize art and young adult literature into their curriculum
Rebecca Maldonado is a high school teacher, research educator, and a doctoral graduate from the Jeannine Rainbolt College of Education at the University of Oklahoma. Her research focus is critical theory, teacher development, curriculum ideologies, global responsibility, arts integration, and young adult literature.
Dr. Michael Angelotti
Introduction: A Story for the Books
Section 1 - Research & Rationale for Using Art Integration & Young Adult Literature
Chapter 1 - The Power of the Arts in the English Language Arts Classroom
Kay W. Cowan and S. Rebecca Leigh
Chapter 2 - From Stacks to Desks: A History of Young Adult Literature and the Case for Inclusion
Section 2 - Arts Integration and Young Adult Literature in Prose
Chapter 3 - Exploring Deadly Events Through Performance, Visual Storytelling, and Creative Writing
Young Adult Literature Text: What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
Thomas C. Crochunis
Chapter 4 - Impressions/Expressions: Using Arts Integration Strategies while Reading a Biography of an Artist
Young Adult Literature Text: Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Sharon Kane with Deborah Heiligman
Chapter 5 - Promoting Emotional Transformation Through Mandala Making
Young Adult Literature Text: Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland
Donna L. Miller
Section 3 - Arts Integration and Young Adult Literature in Verse
Chapter 6 - Digital Quilting: Weaving Words and Images
Young Adult Literature Text: Sold by Patricia McCormick
Pamela Hartman, Brandon Schuler, and Hannah Fulton
Chapter 7 - The Student X: Centering Student Identity and Agency via Public Art and Young Adult Literature
Young Adult Literature Text: The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Stephen Goss and Jennifer S. Dail
Chapter 8 - The Transpoemation Project: Poetry, Heterosexism, and Digital-age Storytelling
Young Adult Literature Text: October Mourning: A Song for Matthew Shepard by Leslea Newman
Section IV - Arts Integration with Other Young Adult Literature Text
Chapter 9 - Getting into Good Trouble: Exploring Visual Literacy with John Lewis’s March
Young Adult Literature Text: March, Book One by John Lewis
Emily Wender and Pauline Skowron Schmidt
Chapter 10 - A Bleak Picture?: Critical Pedagogy of Place and Finger Painting with Sadie
Young Adult Literature Text: Sadie by Courtney Summers
Chapter 11- Interrogating Boundaries Through Reader’s Theater
Young Adult Literature Text: Honor Girl: A Graphic Memoir by Maggie Thrash
Ann Marie Smith and Lisa A. Hazlett
About the Editor
About the Contributors
This edited volume blends two of the field’s (and my) favorite innovative practices—teaching through arts integration and young adult literature—into a beautiful cacophony of research backed and practically anchored chapters that both reinforce best practice while paving the way for new connections to be formed. Every middle and high school literacy-minded and students/learning focused teacher needs a copy of this book within reach as the challenges and opportunities of the classroom call for a constant evolution and deepening of our practice.
Amid comments that ELA is not “English Language Arts (and Crafts)" and that a creative installation as culminating activity becomes a “Grecian Urn,” these practitioners present the artisan pedagogy that comes with authentic pottenbakken. In this collection, teachers like Donna Miller, Emily Wender, and Pauline Skowron Schmidt thoughtfully select contemporary Young Adult titles with known teen appeal and vet out the best match for creative expression while keeping an end product aligned to rigorous expectation of responding to literature. The authors here clearly express the “what and why” of their approach inviting collaboration between the ELA and art classroom. This collection should definitely be in the stack of the teacher looking for resources to approach multiform, multimodal responses to literature.
As an educator of English, Spanish, and Art for the last 25 years, I am passionate about the benefits of art integration across the curriculum. However, adding the arts to traditional lessons can be daunting and time consuming. Arts Integration and Young Adult Literature: Strategies to Enhance Academic Skills and Empower Student Voice provides ready, engaging, and detailed lessons that unify literary analysis and artistic creativity, helping students process literature through personal experience and practical application.
Arts Integration and Young Adult Literature offers valuable arts-integrated instructional techniques for teachers of young adult literature. Chapters in this impressive collection edited by Becki Maldonado describe innovative ways to help students examine and explore characters, themes, settings, and vocabulary in diverse young adult novels. Teachers using this influential book will find user-friendly strategies focused on artistic methods such as finger painting, digital storytelling, photo narratives, and dramatic performances that can help increase adolescent readers’ engagement and enjoyment. No artistic ability is required to use this inspiring text!
The most important thing about Arts Integration and Young Adult Literature: Strategies to Enhance Academic Skills and Empower Student Voice is the wide array of art forms dovetailing so perfectly with a multitude of Young Adult titles. As educators are looking for ways to incorporate SEL standards into their content without losing rigor, they can look to this book for practical strategies that will engage students and support their overall development and confidence.
A one-stop shop, providing the rationale for involving arts integration in all subjects, along with specific instructional support for classroom teachers. Should be of interest to all teachers in K-12 education. A guide-book that can be put to use immediately.