ENGL 920 (02) - Issues in Teaching English and the Language Arts

Issues Teaching Engl&Lang Arts

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 2.0
Term: Summer 2024 - Special Summer Session (05/20/2024 - 08/25/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   14  
CRN: 70445
Special topics in the teaching of English and the language arts. Inquire at the English department to see what topics in the teaching of reading, writing, literature, or language arts may be scheduled. Open only to graduate students with a professional interest in teaching or to practicing teachers. 1-6 credits depending on the specific course.
Section Comments: Topic: YA Literature Community
Campuses not allowed in section: CPS Online
Instructors: Laura Smith

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
7/8/2024 7/12/2024 MTWRF 8:00am - 2:30pm HS 124
Additional Course Details: 

Reading Together:  Finding and Forming a YA Literature Community

920.02 (2 credits)

July 8-12, 8:15am-2:30pm in person.

Instructor: Laura Smith

The Teen Librarian Toolbox of the School Library Journal website estimates that major publishers debut around 1800 first-run young adult literature titles per year.  How can English language arts teachers possibly keep up?  And even if we could, how would we match these YA books to readers, or bring these emerging titles into meaningful conversation within the classroom community? 

In Reading Together, we’ll explore the appeal of the ever-growing young adult literature options by reading selections that offer insight and vicarious experience into adolescence.  We’ll also identify reading programs and resources (such as the Global Read Aloud, YALSA, or pedagogical texts on teaching YA literature) that provide helpful resources for finding book matches for independent reading or starting points for thematic units.  Finally, we’ll also consider fun activities and approaches for incorporating YA literature into the classroom.

During this class, we’ll have the chance to read one YA book together and another as part of a book club, and to delve into a pedagogical text of your choosing.   In sharing our reading and exploration, we’ll gather a range of titles, resources, connections, and activities to share with—and engage—students.