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Young Adult Literature**
 
Course Description
    

Course participants learn about the characteristics and elements of young adult literature as a genre. During the course participants will choose young adult literature selections for their students based on reading levels, students’ interests, and themes. Alternatives to using book reports in the classroom with the inclusion of technology tools, copyright laws, and creative presentation ideas will be investigated. The final course sessions will center on the assessment of course products and reflection regarding student learning

Course participants must be currently employed as teachers of English Language Arts at the middle school and/or high school grades.

Course participants must be prepared to teach a unit of your adult literature during the time this course is in progress.

The students of course participants must have access to technology (computers and Internet access) during the time this course is in progress.

**This course has been approved for a technology credit.

 
Course Syllabus
    

 Young Adult Literature

Overview

Course participants learn about the characteristics and elements of young adult literature as a genre. During the course participants will choose young adult literature selections for their students based on reading levels, students’ interests, and themes. Alternatives to using book reports in the classroom with the inclusion of technology tools, copyright laws, and creative presentation ideas will be investigated. The final course sessions will center on the assessment of course products and reflection regarding student learning

 

By the end of this course, participants will:

  • The characteristics and elements of young adult literature.
  • Learn techniques for selecting appropriate literature for adolescent.
  • Access web sites which support and enhance the selection and use of adolescent literature in the classroom.
  • Explore assessment methods for student understanding of adolescent literature.

As a final product, participants will create a student/teacher course project for teaching adolescent literature using the knowledge they have gained from the course sessions.

Course Organization

This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.


Read

When you see this icon you will be reading relevant articles, resources, and instructional materials that will help inform your online course development process.


Activities

When you see this icon you will be completing activity-based curriculum and inputting various components of your course content into course project.


Discuss

When you see this icon you will be using the online discussion board to share ideas, resources, and thoughtful conversation with your fellow course participants and facilitator.

Prerequisites

This professional development course is designed for English Language Arts teachers of grades 6-12. Participants in this course will design and implement young adult literature classroom instruction during this course. Participants are expected to have regular access to computers and be able to download and upload files. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files. Access to Microsoft Office is recommended. Participants who do not have Microsoft Office should click here for some available options.

Format and Requirements

This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necesaary to complete each session is estimated to be two to four hours.

The outline for the workshop is as follows:

Session One

What is Young Adult Literature?

Session Two

Finding the Best Young Adult Literature

Session Three

Beyond the Book Report

Session Four

Creating Learning Connections

Session Five

Assessment for Student Learning

Session Six

Teacher Connections

Course Session Information:

Orientation
The orientation session is to be completed during the first week of the workshop. The orientation session includes an Orientation Survey, introduction to the workshop, navigational tips for using the WV Learns site, and an opportunity for participants to experiment with the discussion board as they introduce themselves and describe their current professional roles.

Session One
In this session participants will explore the characteristics of Young Adult Literature (YAL) realizing the value that this genre holds in reflecting themes and topics relevant to today’s young adult readers in all curricular areas.

Session Two
In this session course participants will learn to establish criteria for selecting appropriate young adult literary works for students, to utilize student reading levels when selecting appropriate material, and to determine relevant, current, social and cultural themes to ensure student interest in selected material.

Session Three
In this session, participants will explore the methods by which you may go beyond the traditional book report and address the elements of young adult literature. You will also view various activities created by others and begin to build your collection of young adult literature online topic resources.

Session Four
In this session participants will plan for the infusion of technology into student activities related to a selection of young adult literature. Information will be provided to assist participants with the inclusion of audio, images and videos and other technology tools into their student activities. By the close of this session, participants will have a completed a series of robust student activities that address the West Virginia Next Generation Standards for English Language Arts (Reading and Writing) as well as the elements of young adult literature.

Session Five
During this session participants will develop rubrics to assess the progress of student understanding overtime. Participants will reflect upon the course projects being developed ad provide answers to the following questions:
How will students demonstrate their new knowledge or skill?
How will students express their attitudes or values related to the issues presented in the young adult literature course project book selection?

Session Six
During this session participants will develop teacher resource connections for a Young Adult book selection.

Assessment

Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session. They are also to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session. Postings are evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.

Young Adult Literature Course Project Schedule

Sessions

Teacher

Session Two

Search for Book Information
Search for Author Information
Search for Illustrator Information
Other Information

Session Three

Identify Online Resources (4 topics with 4 resources each)

Session Four

Develop Student Activites (5 activities with at least three utilizing technology tools)

Session Five

Develop Rubrics (2) for Assessment of Studnet Learning

Session Six

Create Teacher Connections Information

Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of this course, Young Adult Literature, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant via email shortly after the completion of the course.

Graduate Credit Information

Participants in this course are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.

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