This text offers secondary ELA educators guided instructional approaches for including queer-themed young adult (YA) literature in the English language arts classroom. Each chapter spotlights the reading of one queer-themed YA novel, and offers pre-, during-, and after reading activities that guide students to a deeper understanding of the content while increasing their literacy practices. While each chapter focuses on a specific queer-themed YA novel, readers will discover the many opportunities for cross-disciplinary study. Thw emphasis on English language arts content as a focus for teaching LGBTQ young adult literature marks a shift from the first edition.
Paula Greathouse is an associate professor of secondary English Education at Tennessee Tech University. She was a secondary English and Reading teacher for sixteen years. She has received several teaching awards including the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Teacher of Excellence Award.
Henry “Cody” Miller is an assistant professor of English education at SUNY Brockport. Prior to that role, he taught high school English in Florida for seven years. He served as the chair of the LGBTQ Advisory Board for the National Council of Teachers of English from 2018-2021. His scholarship has appeared in publications like The English Journal, ALAN Review, English Leadership Quarterly, among others.
Henry “Cody” Miller and Paula Greathouse
The History of Queer Young Adult Literature
Michael Cart and Joan F. Kaywell
Rhetorical Analysis of Black Queer Narratives through All Boys Aren’t Blue
Characterization and Symbolism in Superhero-Themed Graphic Novels with You Brought Me
René M. Rodríguez-Astacio
Color Palettes and Peculiar Panels: Studying Narrative Structure in Tillie Walden’s On A
Nicole Amato and Jenna Spiering
“About Being Free”: Exploring Identity, Queerness, and Radical Possibility through Verse in
The Black Flamingo
shea wesley martin
“to go somewhere I knew someone would see me”: Narrative Structure, Flashbacks, and Social
Worlds in Candice Iloh’s Every Body Looking
Exploring The Prom as Texts and Symbol
Focusing on Marginalized Identities through Imagery: A Fairy Tale Retelling and Remix with
Dark and Deepest Red
Summer Melody Pennell
Queering Literary Close Reading with The Fascinators
Exploring Blackness, Queerness and Liberation through The Stars and the Blackness Between
Danelle Adeniji, Brittany Frieson, Tatyana Jimenez-Macias, Kristin Rasbury, Kyle Wright and Amanda Vickery
Felix Ever After: A Mystery in Progress
Lucy A. Garcia and Megan Lynn Isaac
Exploring Characterization Narratives with Chulito: A Novel
Gabriel T. Acevedo Velázquez
Multimodal Exploration of Identity in The Music of What Happens
Anthony Celaya & Joseph D. Sweet
Multimodal Analysis of Characters and Settings in Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert
E. Sybil Durand
ABOUT THE EDITORS
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
Bringing decades of teaching experience to bear, Paula Greathouse and Cody Miller bring forth this second volume on teaching queer young adult literature in English language arts classes. This collection features many recently published young adult texts that tell the stories of a wide array of identities, conflicts, settings, and characters, as well as a historical overview of the queer young adult genre by two titans of young adult scholarship: Michael Cart and Joan Kaywell. This collection is the most comprehensive resource available for teachers today for teaching queer young adult literature.
Greathouse and Miller have brought together some of the freshest voices in the field of queer English education to foreground the experiences of LGBTQ+ characters of color with complexity, nuance, compassion, and respect and to attend to innovative media, literary structures, and genres. And as if that were not enough, the authors introduce, describe, and explore riveting literature for classrooms. It is this combination of the authors’ brilliant pedagogical ideas and compelling curriculum that make this edited volume not only of great use to middle and high school ELA teachers but also a true pleasure to read.