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Beyond the Literary Canon: Incorporating Young Adult Literature into the Classroom
John Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
  • Rebekah Smith, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor, Illinois Wesleyan University
Graduation Year
2016
Location
Room 101, State Farm Hall Foyer
Start Date
16-4-2016 9:00 AM
End Date
16-4-2016 10:00 AM
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Description

Engaging students in literature is an extremely important aspect of instilling a lifelong love of reading, but this is difficult in a world where Facebook is more enticing than an old, battered copy of a book for school. Classic books from the Literary Canon are becoming outdated and less beneficial in the classroom. By incorporating more contemporary Young Adult Literature into the classroom, students can gain the skills necessary for success with standardized testing while increasing their interest in reading. This self-study was conducted to evaluate students’ perspectives on the literature and self-selected adolescent titles. Collected data included whole class student surveys, practice tests, focus group notes, and a post-semester anonymous online survey. The findings support that the incorporation of Young Adult Literature increases students’ interest in reading and improves students’ ability to relate to the characters as well as their performance on standardized tests.

Citation Information
Rebekah Smith and Leah Nillas, Faculty Advisor. "Beyond the Literary Canon: Incorporating Young Adult Literature into the Classroom" (2016)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/leah_nillas/175/