So, I’ve been thinking about teaching YA novels in high school for a few years. I am going to get a chance to do just that, with second semester seniors, just to add a little wrinkle to things.
Each set of works will have a required read for all and then some choice. My goal here is to have some quantity to discuss and compare.
Here’s the outline of the class.
required title: Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli. If students have been at my school since 5th grade, they will have read this then. I am curious to how they read this differently now and am really looking forward to talking with older students about this book.
Required title: The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster. Will anyone have read this?
Required title: Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature by Robin Brande.
Finally, we are going to read a number of articles that made up some online debate in 2014 (started by this piece on Slate) about adults reading YA literature. I know my seniors are not quite adults, but I’m going with it.
Fingers crossed. I am so excited.
Any thoughts on the book choices or reading YA with older students? I could always use any words of wisdom you have.