Young Adult Lit/Crit

March 25, 2008

Of Interest in the Washington Post

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 2:22 pm

Take a look at this article in the POST that asks the question, what books when? Note what the reporter says about YA Lit…toward the end. KES


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  1. Professor Stearns,
    Im glad you shared this article with us. I have a particular interest in it, because my topic for research in 663 is “Student selected texts and motivation to read.”
    Its not surprising that these students are not developing reading lives when their school reading is “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Teens” (I might point out that 7th graders are not even really teenagers yet.)

    This quote grabbed me. “He thought every book comes with a test,” he said. “There is nothing sadder than making books only a school project. Reluctant readers don’t want to be quizzed at the end of every chapter. They don’t want to feel like they are stupid.” Think about it. Of course some students will make this conclusion. If they were never exposed to reading as a recreational activity at home, then the “school project” reading will be the only reading that they know. Of course, there are other places that students could be exposed to recreational reading, but besides home and school, these places seem less influential.

    I’m glad that they acknowledge Young Adult Literature at the end of the article. It’s good to give the genre some attention in an article like this. The English teacher makes a good point- it’s “relatively new phenomenon.” Hopefully we’ll see it catch on and gain respect in the near future.


    Comment by allison — March 26, 2008 @ 6:18 am

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