#2ndaryELA Chat Summary: Text Selection & YA Lit

September 05, 2015

Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter.

This week's #2ndaryELA Twitter chat was all about text selection and young adult literature in the ELA classroom. Middle and High School English Language Arts discussed the benefits of using young adult literature in the classroom, hot books for teens and how to find them, and nonfiction resources. The highlights are below.

Middle School and High School English Language Arts teachers discuss the benefits of using young adult literature in the classroom, hot books for teens and how to find them, and nonfiction resources. Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter.

How does the inclusion of YA literature support all kinds of readers?
*So many issues are tackled in YA lit in a real way, gives students a chance to "rehearse" what they would do in those situations. 
*Kids find their voices through characters like themselves.
*Bringing in a variety of YA lit and giving students CHOICE of what to read has developed an interest in reading for some kids.
*Kids get to walk in the shoes of other kids & learn their lives. It grows empathy & social/world/historical understanding.
*YA lit gives Ss material in more accessible language than many of the classics and topics to which they can relate. 
*The more teens read, the better that they become at reading. Pages read counts.

Where can I find great YA literature to extend and strengthen my teaching?
*Coretta Scott King Awards List for this year and years past
*Young Adult Library Services Association
*Look at NY Times Bestsellers, sorted into MS & YA. Top YA hardcover and paperback.*Printz Awards finalists
*Book talks-let the kids share what they read
*Befriend B&N employyes and quiz them on what is flying off the shelves in YA.
*On Amazon look at the "those who bought this also bought" area
*Ask the school librarians or public librarians for recommendations. 
*@yaloveblog 
*#nerdybookclub
*@donalynbooks 

What are the hot books for teens?
*Titles like The 5th Wave, Chains, The Impossible Knife of Memory, I'll Give You the Sun, The Testing, Gone, If I Stay, Me, Earl, & the Dying Girl, Out of My Mind, Dumplin', The Accident Season, Mosquitoland, All the Bright Places, Rot and Ruin, The Summer of Letting Go, Every Last Word, North of Beautiful, Paper Towns
*Series like: Unwind, Divergent, Maze Runner, I Survived, "Who Was..."
*Authors like Neil Shusterman, Sharon Draper, John Green, Laurie Halse Andersron, Agatha Christie, Raina Telgemeier
*For reluctant readers: Touching Spirit Bear, Monster, Stuck in Neutral, graphic novels, Raft, Garden, Compound, & Fallout by S.E. Bodeen
*For boys: Junkyard Dan series, Peak, Ender's Game, Sunrise over Fallujah, Hoops, The Things They Carried, American Sniper, Lone Survivor, Little Brother, Carter Finally Gets It,  Maze Runner, Wimpy Kid, Fallen Angels, The Outsiders, Chocolate War, Nicholas Flamel series by Michael Scott, Bartimaeus Trilogy, Holes, Conspiracy 365 series , Cherub series, Unwind series, the Ranger's Apprentice series, Winger, the Viking Warrior series or anything by anything Carl Deuker, Mike Lupica, Chris Crutcher, Matt Christopher, David Lubar, Don Calame

Middle School and High School English Language Arts teachers discuss the benefits of using young adult literature in the classroom, hot books for teens and how to find them, and nonfiction resources. Join secondary English Language Arts teachers Tuesday evenings at 8 pm EST on Twitter.

How does YA literature encourage non-readers to read?
*A "hot" book starts a culture of reading.
*Non-readers encouraged by different formats like graphic novels. More variety of high interest, low level YA than classics
*It puts the joy back in reading by allowing them to read for fun.

What are some great informational texts that I can use in my teaching?
*NPR articles (many also have audio) and excerpts from memoir, biography, autobiography
*Books like Chew on This, Fast Food Nation, Supersize Me, Warriors Don't Cry, A Child Called It, Unbroken, Chasing Lincoln's Killer, I am Malala, Enrique's Jouney  
*Nonfiction graphic novels
*PBS
*Textsets on NewsELA
*The free Quick CERCAS on ThinkCERCA

For more reading ideas and resources for the classroom:




Hope you'll join us next week, Tuesday September 9th at 8pm EST to discuss using nonfiction in the ELA classroom. The questions for next week's chat will be posted here on Sunday. If you missed Tuesday night's chat, scroll down and read the whole thing below.

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  1. Great information, really enjoyed it and appreciate the resources you've included!

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