5:30 pm-8:20 pm Mondays
Young Adults and Their Reading
A Brief history of Adolescent Literature
Pop Culture, YA Lit, Big Business, and Archetypal Images
Contemporary Realistic Fiction: From Tragedies to Romances
Poetry, Drama, and Humor
Adventure, Sports, Mysteries, and the Supernatural
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Utopias, and Dystopias
History and History Markers: of People and Places
Nonfiction: Information, Literary Nonfiction, Biographies, and Self-Help Books
Evaluating, Promoting, and Using Young Adult Books
Literature in the English Class: Short Stories, Novels, Creative Writing, Film, and Thematic
Censorship: Of Worrying and Wondering
Merely attending class is not sufficient to earn the class participation credit. You are expected to come to class prepared and ready to actively participate in each class session: ask questions, answer questions, share your knowledge and experiences, and actively participate in whole class and small group discussions and activities. Read any assigned course materials, bring your texts and course materials to every class session, and take responsibility for your share of the discussion. Absence will affect your participation grade. Each absence will lose 10 points for participation.
Choose a book that has received an award from the list in the syllabus. You will each be responsible for a different award book. You are required research the award and read three chapter books or 8 picture books which have won the award honor within 10 years. Prepare a 15-20 minute class presentation about the award and the book you read. Also prepare a one page (double space) paper with a review/critique of each book. The paper and critiques should be typed or word processed, 12 font, Times New Roman style. The format and evaluation criteria are listed on page number 12.
LIST OF AWARDS:
Americans Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award
Coretta Scott King Award
Edgar Allan Poe Award
Hans Christian Andersen Award
International Reading Association Children’s Book Award
Jane Addams Children’s Book Award
Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Michael L. Printz Award
Mildred Batchelder Award
Pura Belpre Award
Robert F. Sibert Information Book Award
Tomas Rivera Mexican-American Children’s Book Award
Awards Based on Special Content
Association of Jewish Libraries Award
Carter G. Woodson Book Award
Catholic Book Award
Child Study Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College Award
Eva L. Gordon Award for Children’s Science Literature
Ezra Jack Keats Award
Jefferson Cup Award
National Council of Teachers of English Award for Excellence in Poetry for Children
National Jewish Book Award
New York Academy of Sciences Children’s Science Books
Scott O’Dell Historical Fiction Award
Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children
Washington Post/ Children’s Book Guild Nonfiction
Western Writers of America Spur Award
You will choose 2 additional different genres of young adult books in the following major genres (a) chapter 4: Contemporary Realistic Fiction, (b) chapter 6: Adventure, Sports, Mysteries, and the Supernatural, (c) chapter 7: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Utopias, and Dystopias, (d) Chapter 8: Historical Fiction (any chapter genre division), (e) Chapter 9: Nonfiction (any chapter genre division). You will read each book and prepare one-two pages (Single Space) for each book review critique. You will discuss each book and the critique when the class discusses that genre. You may also use these books for the author paper and presentation, but not for another assignment. An evaluation criterion is listed on page number 13.
Choose an author who has made a significant contribution to the field of Young Adult Literature. Prepare a 10-15 minute Power Point presentation about the author, including biographical and other information concerning his/her collective works, to present to the class. Also prepare a one page (two-sided) handout about this author‘s works and accomplishments in the field. Make enough copies to distribute to all students in the class. The handout must be single-spaced, typed or word-processed, 12 font, using Times New Roman style. List all references, including books you have read. Identify author books that you have read with an asterisk in the reference. An evaluation criterion is listed on page number 14.
You are required to select one multicultural book for the young adult level and provide a workshop for the middle grades or middle school level or high school level. Your job is to introduce teachers to ethnically diverse writers and to offer dynamic instructional strategies and resources to make works meaningful for students. This workshop includes a ½ -hour video in which a teacher model’s effective approaches - based on reader response, critical inquiry, cultural studies, and critical pedagogy - for using multicultural literature that can work in the classroom. You also need to present some of your teaching strategies and resources in the class. You need to demonstrate activities and practices that engage students in critical discussions of race, class, and social justice, and empower them to take action for change. The instructor will create a class Blog or WikiSpace for you to upload or extend the video content with your biographies, synopses of the works, information on how to implement the teaching strategies, summaries of the video lessons, student work samples, resource materials, and annotated bibliographies. You also need to create a downloadable guide which includes short works of the literature featured in the workshop, along with discussion questions, activities, and weekly assignments, to engage teachers in professional development and learning experiences. The instructor will provide a multicultural power point presentation that helps you to decide which culture /country you are interested in searching for more in-depth information about its literature. Evaluation criteria for selecting multicultural books are listed on pages number 15-16.
Select one of the current trends or issues in children’s literature. You are required to Read 10 journal articles and 5 chapter books or 10 picture books representative of the trend or issue. The articles and books should be published within the past 10 years. Be sure to obtain professor approval of your topic before beginning. Explain the origins of the trend and how it is influencing contemporary children’s literature. Discuss how each book you have read is indicative of the trend or issue. Give specific examples from each book. Submit a 5-6 page, typed double-spaced paper, using 12 font, Times New Roman style. You will also prepare a 20 minute presentation on your paper and lead a discussion on the topic. Evaluation Criteria is listed on page number 17.
Possible Trends or Issues
Increased use of nonfiction trade books at all grade levels
Increased use of children’s picture books at middle and secondary grade levels
Genre trends, such as magical realism
Modern problems or adolescent identity issues
Changing family structures
Cultural diversity, including racial and cultural issues
Discrimination of various types
Characters with disabilities
Final grade will be determined by the numbers of points earned through completion of the following assignments:
Book Award Exploration 150
Genre Book Critiques and Book Discussions 150
Author Study 150
Multicultural Literature Workshop 200
Trends and Issue Paper 250
Final point total will be converted to a course grade as follows:
A= 1000-900 Work that is outstanding and exemplary
B= 899-800 Work that is above the minimum requirements
C= 799-700 Work that meets expected level of performance for most students
D= 699-600 Work that falls short of minimum criteria
F= 599 below Work that falls well below the expected level of performance for most students
Hard copy for each assignment.
50 points per day will be deducted for late assignments. Arrangement for exceptional cases must be made at least two days prior to the due date.
1st Absence – No penalty.
2nd Absence – 80 points deducted from your final grade average
3rd Absence – 150 points deducted from your final grade average
More than 3 absences – additional 100 points deducted from your final grade average for each absence beyond the first 3.
If you have an unexpected medical treatment, car accident or a family emergency, etc, you must turn in a doctor’s note and/or official documents at the time you return to class. It is your responsibility to provide the written documentation to the instructor to avoid the loss of points.
Americans with Disabilities Acts
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-Discrimination law that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodation can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.
Honesty is a fundamental precept in all academic activities, and those privileged to be members of a university community have a special obligation to observe the highest standards of honesty and a right to expect the same standards of all others. Academic misconduct in any form is inimical to the purposes and functions of the university and therefore is unacceptable and rigorously proscribed. Academic dishonesty may result in a failing grade for the semester and will be reported to the appropriate authorities within the College. This policy applies to the issue of plagiarism, in particular. It is critical that you cite your sources and give people the credit they deserve.
“By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” (Student Handbook)