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ERIC Number: EJ882396
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-May
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1074-4762
Raising "Hot Topics" through Young Adult Literature
Groenke, Susan; Maples, Joellen; Henderson, Jill
Voices from the Middle, v17 n4 p29-36 May 2010
While young adult literature increases adolescents' motivation to read, and adolescents choose to read young adult novels over more canonical works when given opportunities to choose, the authors present yet another reason for teaching young adult literature in the middle school classroom: it provides a medium through which adolescents and their teachers can raise "hot topics," and confront and grapple with the social contradictions and complexities that comprise adolescents' lives. In this article, the authors describe three young adult novels and related activities they have used to raise the topics of disabilities, immigration, and racism in the language arts classroom. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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