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Examining Young Adult Literature Genres, Part 1

EDUC 2000

Throughout the six week of this course, participants will read and reflect upon three exceptional young adult novels in the genre of realistic fiction through online discussions and assessments incorporating the following: genres, theme analyzation, real-world connections, multiple perspectives, problem-solving, and personal experiences.


Participants will:

  • exam and read young adult literature for the following: genres, analyzing themes, real-world connections, multiple perspectives, problem-solving, and personal experiences.
  • independently read three selected young adult novels.
  • answer online discussion questions.
  • reflect upon other participants discussion question answers.
  • complete online assessments at various points in the course.


Young adult novels available at schools, public libraries, book stores, and Amazon.

On My Honor by Marion Dane Bauer (ISBN: 978-0547722405) Amazon Link

Joel’s best friend, Tony, is a daredevil. It was Tony’s idea to make the long bike ride to
the Starved Rock state park, and Tony’s idea to stop for a swim in the dangerous Vermillion
River. So why does Joel feel so much guilt when tragedy strikes?

Wringer by Jerry Spinelli (ISBN: 978-0064405782) Amazon Link

In Palmer LaRue's hometown of Waymer, turning ten is the biggest event of a boy's life. But for Palmer, his tenth birthday is not something to look forward to, but something to dread. Then one day, a visitor appears on his windowsill, and Palmer knows that this, more than anything else, is a sign that his time is up. Somehow, he must learn how to stop being afraid and stand up for what he believes in.

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea (ISBN: 978-0375858246) Amazon Link

It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.

For more information/details: http://www.tinyurl.com/examlitgenres.

"I enjoyed the course."

"Books were all related to real life things happening in our classrooms."

"Working with three new novels and hearing/seeing all the different perspectives."

"The theme of bullying is very relevant to our current school climate."

"The discussions with other teachers were incredibly helpful and valuable."