ERIC Number: ED277986
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Young Adult Literature in Developmental Reading Classes.
Hawk, Jane Ward; Lester, Virda K.
One of the most effective means of achieving a successful program in reading is the use of the young adult novel to stimulate the adolescent's interest in free reading or even to instill an interest where there is none. A novel which provides pleasurable reading experiences with interesting material at the proper level (such as novels by Judy Blume. S. E. Hinton, and Robert Cormier) can serve as a bridge to adult literature and can increase adolescents' confidence while strengthening their ability to deal with literary concepts. A plan to develop reading skills should consist of a one-semester course divided into units of five and three weeks. After the first five-week unit the students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of a study system as well as an understanding of the meaning of words and word parts. After the first three-week unit the student should begin to be able to use the young adult novel to apply previously learned concepts and skills. The second five-week unit should enable the students to demonstrate an understanding of basic reading skills, and the second three-week unit should enable them to use the young adult novel to apply all previously learned concepts and skills. (NKA)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Regional Conference of the International Reading Association (11th, Nashville, TN, November 2-5, 1985).