I am a big fan of YA courses that include the opportunity for the students to read widely through a variety of genres and authors. At the same time, I think the students should be guided to journals and textbooks that can help their critical understanding of how to advocate, to teach, and to critic. In my courses, I always include a list of textbooks to supplement my student’s ongoing understanding. This posting briefly surveys five textbooks. Granted, five books isn’t very many and there are more that should be on your shelves; nevertheless, let’s start somewhere. If you are looking for a starter set you can’t go wrong with these textbooks.
With this book, Young Adult Nonfiction, Hayn, Kaplan, Nolen, and Olvey have gathered together a collection of scholars whose advice and wisdom raise above the demands of the common core and provide teachers with a vision of how young adult nonfiction can be a useful key to seamlessly introduce informational text, cross-curricular knowledge, and text complexity into the language arts classroom. This book will remain an important guide for using nonfiction with students for many years after the hoopla of the common core has passed precisely because it focuses on the timeless issues of good pedagogical practices.
I believed it when I wrote the blurb and I still do. I was thrilled to get a copy in the mail just a few short weeks ago. Too often we forget how intimately connected the subject matter of the English Language Arts curriculum is related to Social Studies, the sciences, math and the arts. If you are considering any plan for the integration of curricula using YA literature, then this book is a must buy selection for your library.
Until next week.