Examining Young Adult Literature Genres, Part 5
Instructor: Rob Arneson
Sunday, July 08, 2018 - Sunday, August 05, 2018
Course completion August 5, 2018
Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)
Available Seats: 40
Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development
NDSU Credit Fee: $80
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.
- 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.
Calvin: A Novel by Martine Leavitt (ISBN: 978-0374380731) Amazon Link
Just because you see something doesn't mean it's really there. Seventeen-year-old Calvin has always known his fate is linked to the comic book character from Calvin & Hobbes. He was born on the day the last strip was published. His grandpa put a stuffed tiger named Hobbes in his crib. And he even had a best friend named Susie. Then Calvin’s mom washed Hobbes to death. Susie grew up beautiful and stopped talking to him. And Calvin pretty much forgot about the strip―until now. Now he is seventeen years old and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Hobbes is back, as a delusion, and Calvin can’t control him. Calvin decides that cartoonist Bill Watterson is the key to everything―if he would just make one more comic strip, but without Hobbes, Calvin would be cured. Calvin and Susie (is she real?) and Hobbes (he can’t be real, can he?) set out on a dangerous trek across frozen Lake Erie to track down Watterson.
We Are All Made of Molecules by Susin Nielson (ISBN: 978-0553496895) Amazon Link
(This novel is high school young adult literature and contains mature scenes – DO NOT REGISTER FOR THIS COURSE IF YOU WILL BE OFFENDED/UNCOMFORTABLE WITH THIS WRITING STYLE!)
Stewart, 13: Socially clueless genius.
Ashley, 14: Popular with everyone but her teachers.
Ashley's and Stewart's worlds collide when Stewart and his dad move in with Ashley and her mom. The Brady Bunch it isn't. Stewart is trying to be 89.9 percent happy about it--he's always wanted a sister. But Ashley is 110 percent horrified. She already has to hide the real reason her dad moved out; “Spewart”could further threaten her position at the top of the social ladder. They're complete opposites, but they have one thing in common: they—like everyone else—are made of molecules. In this hilarious and deeply moving story, award-winning author Susin Nielsen has created two narrators who will steal your heart and make you laugh out loud.
About The Instructor
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.
Do I have to take the classes in order?
- No, you can mix it up any way you want. If you like the novels in course 2 & 3, take those.
Can I take all six classes?
- Yes - each class has unique content and are separate PD credits with a variation in the title for identifying on your transcript. Each course requires a separate registration. Each course passed earns you (1) PD credit. You can earn up to a total of six (6) credits through taking the courses.