ERIC Number: ED185549
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Hackneyed, Acned, or Just Plain Good: Perceiving Quality in Young Adult Fiction.
A rating scale was developed by Stephen Dunning for evaluating adolescent literature objectively. The distinguishing features of the scale's five categories are designed to produce a numerical score between 5 and 25 (each category a 1-to-5 ranking for poor/excellent quality), indicating the relative worth of a specific literary work. The first four categories are traditional elements of literary analysis: style, structure, characterization, and theme. The fifth category, adult role and adult/adolescent relationships, is a unique feature of most adolescent literature. Raters who use this scale have discovered that their ratings do not always match their subjective reactions; so one adjustment to using the scale is the addition of written statements to augment the numerical ratings and to document the similarities and differences between objective and subjective responses. Samples of eleventh grade student ratings and responses have been compared to those of teachers, illustrating how students and teachers respond to literature in different ways. (The novels rated and discussed are Maureen Daly's "Seventeenth Summer,""If I Love You, Am I Trapped Forever?" by M. E. Kerr, Robert Cormier's "The Chocolate War," and Alice Childress'"A Hero Ain't Nothin' But a Sandwich.") (RL)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual Meeting of the Secondary School English Conference and the Conference on English Education (Omaha, NE, March 27-29, 1980).