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ERIC Number: ED495935
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 224
Abstractor: ERIC
ISBN: ISBN-978-0-8720-7611-2
Discovering Their Voices: Engaging Adolescent Girls with Young Adult Literature
Sprague, Marsha M.; Keeling, Kara K.
International Reading Association (NJ3)
Authors Marsha M. Sprague and Kara K. Keeling propose a language arts curriculum that incorporates literature-based discussions to help adolescent girls deal constructively with difficult issues and develop their own authentic voices. To help put such a curriculum into action, this book offers the following resources: (1) A research base to frame instruction; (2) Extensive literature reviews and a bibliography to help you choose appropriate, engaging books; (3) Discussion questions to guide your students through challenging topics; (4) Lesson plans that cover both girls' issues and curriculum mandates; and (5) Ideas for in-class activities and extracurricular book clubs. After a preface, this book contains seven chapters: (1) From Fifteen to Speak: Challenges Facing the Adolescent Girl in U.S. Society; (2) How to Use Literature to Explore Adolescent Girls Developmental Issues; (3) Contemporary Realistic Fiction, Contemporary Issues; (4) Something Old, Something New: Girls Issues in Historical Fiction; (5) Fantastic Females: Strong Girls in Fantasy and Science Fiction; (6) Discussing the Books: The Extracurricular Girls Book Club; and (7) Using the Books: In-Class Activities. This book concludes with an Epilogue: What We Hope for Our Girls; a list of references; a list of literature cited; an author-subject index; and a young adult literature index.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: International Reading Association, Newark, DE.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A