ENGL 789 (01) - Special Topics in English Teaching

Special Topic/English Teaching

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   20  
CRN: 16385
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) English 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.
Section Comments: Special Topic: YA Literature
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Cross listed with : ENGL 889.01
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Laura Smith

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HS 332
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2024 Special Topic: Teaching YA 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 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 digital projects.

This course is the required CAPSTONE for English Teaching majors. Speak to your advisor about readiness for Capstone coursework. 

This course may be taken as an upper-level Elective by English majors following degree requirements activated in Fall 2023. 

This course may be taken for CAPSTONE credit by English Majors following degree requirements in place prior to Fall 2023. Pick up a Capstone Declaration Form in the main English Dept office (HS 230F) if interested.