Young Adult Lit/Crit

May 18, 2008

Teens’ Top Picks for 2008

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 10:38 am

Take a look at this terrific handout w/annotations to use with students to promote their top picks. This is another annotated list of the picks. The ALA site is also promoting a bookmark and other materials to hook adolescent readers.

Some of you will find familiar titles here as well as unfamiliar ones. Those are worth checking out. Remember, I said we have just scratched the surface!!! Yea! KES

The Essential Man’s Library

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 9:03 am

This is a beautifully organized and eclectic list. You’ll find many surprises and no doubt unfamiliar titles here as well as many you know. Fascinating. KES

May 16, 2008

Subscribe to Booklist Online

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 11:37 am

I’ve been enjoying the BOOKLIST emails–all kinds of interesting information about new books for adults and YA’s presented in an engaging and visually appealing way. I encourage you to subscribe. One more source of information for English teachers about books! KES

May 13, 2008

Chance to Make a Nomination!!

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 3:16 pm

As ALA Annual Conference approaches, the Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults is finalizing the list of titles they will discuss in June. On May 15th, nominations will close until after the conference.

If you know of titles that may fit one of their four thematic lists (Dead, Dying and the Undead; Fame and Fortune; Journey and Destination; Spies and Intrigue), please do submit a field nomination. All field nominations must be seconded by a committee member, but we greatly appreciate hearing from you all what is popular at your library! Please remember that to be eligible for PPYA a title must be in print and in paperback and cannot have been on a PPYA list in the last five years. The nomination form can be found: here.

If you’re curious what titles have already been nominated, please visit this site.

If you post suggestions here, I’ll send along to Karen. KES

Thank you,
Karen Brooks-Reese
Chair, PPYA 2009

Your Reflection and Feedback to Classmates

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 12:46 pm

As I read these comments while working on semester grades today I just want to let you know how much I appreciate your own reflections on facilitating your seminars as well as your feedback for classmates’ seminars. It’s wonderful to see such engagement and community in this class. Very very gratifying for me. Remember, though, we’ve just scratched the surface!! KES

May 10, 2008

Great Graphic Novels for Teens!

Filed under: from your prof, FYI — sunyprof @ 9:54 am

Final list for the ALA best graphic novels for teens. Note the length of this list. As we said earlier this week, YA Lit is exploding. This list could not have been put together even three years ago. Take a look. KES

Teacher Candidate Denied Certification due to Pics on MySpace

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 8:27 am

Story worth checking out. KES

May 6, 2008

Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 5:23 pm

Tomorrow night’s agenda:

Seminars w/Jess, Jon and Josh begin at 4:20. I am not going to push folks who drive a distance to get there at 4. No reason to hurry tomorrow. The topics of these last seminars are particularly interesting I think. And I’m happy that I get to sit in on them tomorrow night.

I want to say that seminars this semester have been the best of the 3 versions of this course I’ve facilitated. Such inspired topics and teaching. Today my undergrads were asking me how they can get away from teaching one book and have kids read more titles. I told them about all of your work on these topics. They were both excited and wistful since they have not had a class like this one to help them prepare. They’re anxious about how they’re going to do things you’re already pros at doing.

Before 6, we’ll gather at Gilda’s downtown for libation and a discussion of THE BOOK THIEF. If you haven’t checked out Zusak’s website where he explains the inspiration for the novel, please do.

I’m going to ask the HITLER YOUTH group to conduct an open lit circle to help us all better understand Bartoletti’s view of this period. And I’d like our ENTER THREE WITCHES readers to share their experience of reading this S’peare knockoff w/all of us.

Final versions of project writing are due on Monday. You may still choose to edit for publication after receiving feedback from me next week.

I suggest you take a look at NEOVOX as one possible site to publish your fiction. But I’m going to help you seek other opportunities.

PLEASE return books tomorrow night–lots still out–unless you continue to need them up through the 12th.

Please make any suggestions here you would like to make about tomorrow–I’d prefer you share some things you’d like to be sure to talk about. I have a few topics I’d like to raise including ch. 8 of REEVE. KES

May 3, 2008

Saturday Afternoon

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 5:00 pm

Dear TEACHERS, Please do email me your book list if you did not give it to me on Th. I’ve started to compile a complete list. Only those books you’ve read in toto!

Let’s finish the semester with strong blog posts and comments on others’ posts. So much more to say about A NORTHERN LIGHT. I’m very interested in those posts. Would you agree that this novel’s strength is in its complexity, the attention to location, and in the fully realized characters. Donnelly blogs about her recent work at this site. Last posting is January but you’ll find much of interest in her previous posts.

I wonder if you’ve been thinking about the relationship between ANL and THE BOOK THIEF other than that they are both historical novels. I wonder if you’ve been musing about why I have linked them and for those of you who are familiar w/the Sturtevant novel, why you think these very different books are toggled together in the syllabus.

When I first read TBT I found that it becomes compelling as a reader moves into the last third of this long book. Death increasingly has his hands full and the images sear into the reader’s brain.

I saw THE COUNTERFEITERS, this year’s Academy Award winner in the foreign (Austrian) film category, last weekend. It is a perfect film to see in relationship to reading TBT. The casual brutality, the sadism, the contempt, all of which Zusak describes so effectively are all themes of this film as well.

Don’t miss it if it’s playing at a theatre near you!

Ok, your turn.

P.S. Is anyone watching the Derby? Some human beings should be as well cared for in this country as these millions of dollars worth of horse flesh. I love horses and I have many reservations about horse racing but it is a magnificent sight to see these beauties head to the starting gate against the backdrop of the crowd’s singing “My Old Kentucky Home.” KES

May 2, 2008

Impact of Blogging on Student Writing

Filed under: from your prof — sunyprof @ 3:09 pm

Some evidence that teens who blog write more in this eSchool News article. Worth reading avid bloggers! KES

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