Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 10, 2008

Seminar for 3/20/08

Filed under: Seminar! — kariredmond @ 9:52 pm

You Are Invited….To a seminar being held next week with a truly upsetting topic…

There isn’t anyway that I can make my seminar sound fun and bubbly when it’s called “Talking About Suicide: Opening up using YA Lit” but I can guarantee you guys of a few things about why you should attend my seminar…

(1) There will be some amazing titles (some of which are BRAND new) that deal with the topic of teen depression and suicide for us to talk about. I am really excited about this list…

(2) Not only is this topic relevent… but it is terrifying. The facts on teen suicide are staggering and I think that we need to find a way to open kids up and let them know that they have options. Having a safe classroom with open lines of communication is a great place to start.

(3) Somewhere along our paths, most likely in our teaching lives, we will experience the loss of a student to depression or suicide and we need to find a way to help other students cope with it in a healthy way.

(4) We talk in our YA Lit course about social issues in teen lit and how it is important for kids to have intellectual lives. We need to discuss how it is important to address suicide and depression in classrooms with teenage students, and as teachers we need to lead students in the direction of emotional development by addressing these social issues head on.

Needless to say… this seminar will be full of provacative discussion, upsetting realities, and an amazing group of books. Specifically I will be looking at the following (among a list of several others): It’s Kind of a Funny Story, You Know Where To Find Me, and Impulse.

Folders will be available (like Erin’s) at the beginning of next week because of our author visit last week and Spring Break… let me know if you are interested and I would be happy to work with you to get you one.

Have a great break!


1 Comment »

  1. Kari,

    you’ve picked a truly provocative and relevant topic. Since I’ve been working in Candor(4 1/2 years), there have been four teen suicides. YA titles dealing with this tragic reality help kids cope with something that is very difficult to process and understand. I really look forward to your seminar.


    Comment by scrollman — March 11, 2008 @ 12:47 pm

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