Giving students opportunities to read like scientists has the potential to move their thinking and understanding of scientific concepts in monumental ways. Each chapter presented in this volume provides readers with approaches and activities for pairing a young adult novel with specific science concepts. Chapters include instructional activities for before, during, and after reading as well as extension activities that move beyond the text. Through the reading and study of the spotlighted young adult novels in this volume, students are guided to a deeper understanding of science while increasing their literacy practices.
Paula Greathouse, Ph.D., is an associate professor of secondary English Education at Tennessee Tech where she teaches English methods and literacy courses. She was a secondary English and Reading teacher for sixteen years.
Melanie Hundley, Ph. D., is Professor in the Practice of English Education at Vanderbilt
University where she teaches digital and multimodal composition, young adult literature, and
literacy courses. She was a secondary English teacher for many years.
Stephanie Wendt, Ed.D., is an associate professor of Teacher Education at Tennessee Tech where she teaches science methods to preservice teachers. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Tennessee Science Teachers Association and is an active member of the National Science Teaching Association.
Paula Greathouse, Melanie Hundley and Stephanie Wendt
CHAPTER 1: Thirsty for Science: Exploring Water Systems, Water Conservation, and Drought through Dry
Michael DiCicco and Chris Cook
CHAPTER 2: Climate Change is A Hot Mess: The Human Impact on Earth Systems
Shelly Shaffer and Kathryn Baldwin
CHAPTER 3: Countering ‘Plant Apathy’: Using Kenneth Bloom as a Motivating Tool for Teaching Plant Science to Students
Katharine Covino and Erin Rehrig
CHAPTER 4: Making Botany Magical: Teaching about Plants with This Poison Heart
Julie Baker, Shawn Krosnick and Kelly Moore
CHAPTER 5: Exploring Nature and the Nature of Scientific Inquiry: Reading The Evolution of
Amy Palmeri, Emily Pendergrass and Heather Johnson
CHAPTER 6: Past and Future Plagues as Windows into the Present: Reading A Death-Struck Year to Teach About Diseases and Immunity
David Nurenberg and Ben Lawhorn
CHAPTER 7: Reading Ringside, 1925: Text Support for Teaching Evolution
Frances Hamilton and Dana Skelley
CHAPTER 8: Studying Genetics and Ethics through Young Adult Literature: How The Gardener Can Harvest Student Engagement in Biology
Janine J. Darragh, Ashley S. Boyd and Kristina L. Podelnyk
CHAPTER 9: Hungry for More: Exploring, Experimenting, and Engineering with The Hunger Games
Leslie Suters and Kristen Pennycuff Trent
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In an age where social media conspiracy theories and alternate facts threaten the understanding of the most basic scientific knowledge, Greathouse, Hundley, and Wendt’s collection provides both English language arts and science teachers with concrete pedagogy to counteract the rising wave of disinformation in society. With an impressive array of chapters that pair popular young adult titles with topics such as extreme weather, botany, plagues, and evolution, Exploring Science through Young Adult Literature is an indispensable resource for teachers interested in going beyond textbooks and engaging students with exciting instruction that shows why science matters.
Exploring Science through Young Adult Literature is a unique collection of possibilities for promoting scientific literacy in the classroom by incorporating a variety of contemporary young adult (YA) literature. Through a variety of examples and instructional activities, the authors provide much-needed support to science teachers who are unfamiliar with YA literature and how to use it within their science instruction. This book also serves as an invaluable reminder of the importance of relating scientific concepts to adolescent learners and their world.