ENGL 889 (01) - Special Topics in English Teaching

Special Topic/English Teaching

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2018 - Full Term (08/27/2018 - 12/10/2018)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 15623
Advanced theories and practices course on English Teaching. Topics such as A) Teaching Young Adult Literature, C) Teaching English in Diverse Contexts, D) Teaching Drama, N) Teaching Nonfiction, R) Engish Teachers as Researchers, and T) Alternate Literacies and Teaching Technologies. Barring duplication of subject, course may be repeated for credit. For details see course descriptions available in the English department.
Department Approval Required. Contact Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/27/2018 12/10/2018 W 5:10pm - 8:00pm HS 107
Additional Course Details: 

Teaching Young Adult Literature

Adolescence, for many students, seems to be a period during which love of reading dies. In fact, studies reveal that “less than one-third of 13-year-olds read daily” and “only 16 percent of high school students” identify as “high frequent readers” (Gilmore 47; Newkirk 117).  But there is hope in the burgeoning field of popular young adult (YA) literature!  In YA lit, adolescents can find books that match their interests and reading levels.  In this course, we’ll explore how YA literature can be used to foster lifelong readers.  We will read widely among genres of young adult literature (including both contemporary YA works as well as canonical literary works written for an adult audience but deemed appropriate for secondary students), focusing on the particular skills of literary criticism and theory required to establish a developmentally appropriate literature curriculum at the secondary level and to link young adult literature to canonical literary traditions.  Students should prepare themselves for quick-paced reading, discussion, research, and assignments in varied formats, from written responses to booktalks.


Books for the course include Groenke & Scherff, Teaching YA Lit Through Differentiated Instruction. NCTE, 2010. ISBN-10: 0814133703 ISBN-13: 978-0814133705 Lesesne, Teri. Making the Match: The Right Book for the Right Reader at the Right Time, Grades 4-12. Stenhouse, 2003. ISBN-10: 1571103813 ISBN-13: 978-1571103819 Alexander, Kwame. The Crossover. Andersen Press, 2015. ISBN-10: 1783443677 ISBN-13: 978-1783443673 Black, Holly. The Darkest Part of the Forest. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2016. ISBN-10: 031621308X ISBN-13: 978-0316213080 Krakauer, Jon. Into the Wild. Anchor Books, 1997. ISBN-10: 0385486804 ISBN-13: 978-0385486804 Padian, Maria. Out of Nowhere. Ember, 2015. ISBN-10: 0375865624 ISBN-13: 978-0375865626 Wilson, G. Willow. Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1. Marvel, 2014. ISBN-10: 078519021X ISBN-13: 978-0785190219