Beyond the Literary Canon: Incorporating Young Adult Literature into the ClassroomJohn Wesley Powell Student Research Conference
LocationRoom 101, State Farm Hall Foyer
Start Date16-4-2016 9:00 AM
End Date16-4-2016 10:00 AM
DescriptionEngaging 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 Classic books from the Literary Canon are becoming outdated and less beneficial in the classroom.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 InformationRebekah 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/