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Examining Young Adult Literature Genres, Part 4

EDUC 2000




Instructor: Rob Arneson

Grading: Letter

Sunday, December 03, 2017 - Sunday, December 31, 2017

Course completion December 31, 2017

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Available Seats: 30

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $80

Course Description:

Throughout the four weeks of this course, participants will read and reflect upon two 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:

  • examine and read young adult literature for the following: genres, analyzing themes, real-world connections, multiple perspectives, problem-solving, and personal experiences.
  • independently read two 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.

  • Character, Driven: A Novel by David Lubar (ISBN: 978-0-7653-1633-2) Amazon Link {Character, Driven is a high school level novel with mature content, language, and situations. Please do NOT register for this course if you are offended by mature content and language in a novel}
  • Orbiting Jupiter by Gary D. Schmidt (ISBN: 978-0-544-46222-9) Amazon Link

About The Instructor

Rob Arneson

Rob received his M.A. from University of St. Thomas majoring in Curriculum & Instruction K-12 and earned his B.A. from Jamestown College majoring in Elementary Education. Rob has received many awards including the Carl Ben Eielson High Flyer Award (2016), Educator of the Year - Metro Area Mayors Committee (2012) and the ND Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award (2009). Rob has 23+ years teaching experience.

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