Teaching Young Adult Literature
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

ENG 5200 - Teaching Young Adult Literature

This course begins with a brief overview of Young Adult Fiction as coming into its own in the 1960s. The emphasis of the class is reading various levels of young adult fiction and non-fiction as example texts that may be taught in middle-level, junior high, and high school classrooms. In addition to reading multiple full length works, students will analyze the texts in a way that is appropriate for teaching at particular age levels. This analysis includes the use of literary theory in the classroom as well as using traditional approaches. Students will do some work through the semester with lesson plans and will do a research paper or presentation. The titles vary from year to year since YA lit is a current popular genre. Titles will range from the more traditional, such as A Raisin in the Sun, to the more current, such as John Greene's The Fault in our Stars. Genres may include novels, short stories, poetry, graphic novels, and non-fiction as well as film. The course is required for English licensure majors.

Credit Hours: 3

Term Offered: Fall