This course pulls together some brand new and some completely updated versions of tried-and-true activities from the different incarnations of Hey-YA, with all new books to read and discuss!
The goals of the course are for participants to:
- Increase knowledge and appreciation of literature for young adults
- Become familiar with current titles, trends, and challenges in young adult fiction
- Identify the needs of young adult readers and identify literature to meet those needs
- Incorporate technology into researching and recommending young adult selections
- Explore diverse formats for books, including novels-in-verse, books based on web series, and genre mash-ups
FEBRUARY 3 ~ FAST FIVE
- Alex Award for ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adult readers
- Coretta Scott King Award for the book that best demonstrates an appreciation of African-American culture and universal human values
- John Newbery Medal for the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children
- Michael L. Printz Award for a book that exemplifies literary excellence in young adult literature
- Odyssey Award for the best audiobook produced for young adults
- Pura Belpré Award for the work that best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for youth
- William C. Morris Debut Award
Schneider Family Book Award for a book that embodies an artistic expression of the disability experience for child and adolescent audiences
Choose one of these awards, research the criteria and recent winners, and share at least five facts about the award with the class. Bonus points for locating one of these books in the library or finding a professional article about your chosen award!
FEBRUARY 10 ~ PENNSYLVANIA READER'S CHOICE AWARD
The purpose of the Pennsylvania Reader’s Choice Award is to promote reading of quality books by young people in Pennsylvania, to encourage teacher / librarian collaboration in young adult and children’s literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.
In order to qualify to vote, students must either read or have listened to at least 3 books from the list of 15 nominees. The students have from September through March of each school year to read the books in preparation for voting.
Let's explore the 2016-2017 nominees in the Young Adult category and choose one to read!
FEBRUARY 17 ~ BOOKSHELF TO THE SMALL SCREEN
- Choose a preview or clip that represents your chosen show
- Find a review of the show (for example, use Entertainment Weekly)
- How has the casting been received?
- Is the show faithful to the book?
- How are fans of the books reacting to the show?
- Research three Read-Alikes to your chosen book/show
The 100 on the CW (based on the series by Kass Morgan)
The Magicians on SyFy (based on the series by Lev Grossman)
Pretty Little Liars on FreeForm (based on the series by Sara Shepard)
Shadowhunters on FreeForm (based on the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare)
The Shannara Chronicles on MTV (based on the series by Terry Brooks)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (coming Fall 2016!)
Your Turn to Find a Trend!
- High-profile collaborations
- New releases from Printz Award winners
- Big sequels and series enders
- Novels and collections "set within the world of" ...
MARCH 2 ~ GET TO KNOW NETGALLEY
- Create or update your NetGalley profile
- "Favorite" three or more publishers
- Request one book from each
MARCH 9 ~ CHILDREN'S BOOK WORLD
David Levithan, Another Day
Andrea Cremer, The Conjurer’s Riddle
A.R. Kahler, Ravenborn Book 1: Shades of Darkness
Goldy Moldavsky, Kill the Boy Band
Tommy Wallach, Thanks for the Trouble
MARCH 30 ~ BOOKSPLOSION!
For background, read about "The YouTube Trio You Need On Your Radar."
PODCASTS (for our inner hipster!)
- A digital audio file available on the Web for downloading to a computer or portable media player
- Typically available as a series
- New installments can be received automatically by subscribing
- Available via iTunes, Stitcher, Soundcloud, and YouTube
What kind of podcasts are out there?
How can you use podcasts in the classroom?
- Use them as an option for students with public speaking anxiety
- Find a podcast that incorporates a concept from your curriculum and post it to Canvas
- Record and archive examples of student presentations to use as models
- Share read-alikes to popular podcasts (there are suggestions in the article "True Crime: Books, Podcasts, and Documentaries")
- Listen to stay up-to-date, build your classroom library, learn about new voices in teen literature, and find books to recommend to your students
LET'S TALK FINAL PROJECTS
- "BookTube" book trailer, review, wrap-up, or TBR video
- Create a Book Club Kit (click here for an example) for a classic/current YA book pair
- Create a multimedia prereading presentation
- NetGalley account, profile, and review
- Prepare a semester- or year-long book challenge for a course you teach
- A virtual book tour featuring excerpts, a map with sites of interest, and relevant souvenirs (click here for an example)
- A Bookish Guide to Pennsylvania (click here for an example)
- Create a Like, Try, Why chart
- Create a DIY-A Project (click here for examples)
- Complete an REF grant application for an SLJ Battle of the Books program