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Adolescent Lit

Young adult literature is anything that readers from the age of 12 -18 choose to read, not necessarily something they have been assigned to read.  It is often referred to as "YA" literature so as not to sound condescending (i.e.  "here is a book that was written for you kids..."),  Some think of it as  literature written for and published specifically for young adults. Whether or not they have read it on their own purely for enjoyment, or have been assigned to read it in a class, makes no difference. 

During the last half of the 20th century, young adult literature has developed as a distinct unit of publishing. There is a market for stories especially written for youth. There is also doom and gloom talk of young people no longer reading like they used to, that there are too many other interests, including the media and the Internet, that take time away from reading activities. 

There is a wide variety of literature for young adults.  The late sixties saw distinct changes in publishing for young adults with the publication of The Pigman, by Paul Zindel, in 1968, and The Outsiders, by S.E.Hinton, in 1967.  

Seven Characteristics of Young Adult Literature:YA authors write from the viewpoint of young people"I want the credit." In many YA novels the parents or other authority figures are absent. The characters are forced to confront their problems on their own.The literature is fast-paced, the stories told as a frantic pace with emphasis on powerful images.YA literature involves a variety of genres and subjects, with about half being contemporary realistic fiction.It iincludes stories about characters from many different ethnic and cultural groups. The characters are no longer all white, middle class characters. There are fewer taboos about what can be included.YA books are basically optimistic with characters making worthy accomplishments. The characters are faced with challenges, which earn the reader's respect, even if they don't succeed. The characters show change and growth.Successful young adult novels deal with emotions that are important to young people.Developmental Tasks and Needs

In 1972, Robert J. Havinghurst published Developmental Tasks and Education, in which he outlined eight developmental tasks young people are experiencing.  These tasks should be kept in mind when reading YA lit.  

Acquiring more mature social skills.Achieving a masculine or feminine sex role.Accepting the changes in one's body, using the body effectively, and accepting one's physique.Achieving emotional independence from parents and other adults.Preparing for sex, marriage, and parenthood.Selecting and preparing for an occupation.Developing a personal ideology and ethical standards.Assuming membership in the larger community.

An alternative point of view is provided by The Center for Early Adolescence at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  They list seven developmental needs (instead of tasks) of young adults.  They also provide a framework to better understand the YA genre.

Physical activityCompetence and AchievementSelf-definitionCreative expressionPositive social interactions with peers and adultsStructure and clear limitsMeaningful participationStages of Literary Appreciation

It is thought that personal attitudes and reading, listening and watching skills are all part of literary appreciation and that this appreciation is developed in stages -- that readers continually add on to them, but do not drop any previous stages.  This is another important framework to consider when looking at YA literature.  

Understanding that pleasure and profit come from literature.

Learning to read.

Losing oneself in a story

Finding oneself in a story

Venturing beyond themselves

Reading widely

AestheticAppreciation of YA Literature Genres

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Writing Standards: Finding One’s Way With Words

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2007 Winner of the Bechtel Prize by Anna Sopko   Content standards were developed by the California State Board of Education to encourage the highest achievement of every student, by defining …
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Prose Contests With Upcoming Deadlines | Poets & Writers

Prose Contests With Upcoming Deadlines | Poets & Writers | AdLit | Scoop.it
Below is a list of contests with deadlines in the second half of September.

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7 questions we should ask about children’s literature

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White nationalism is on the rise in the US and nativism is in the ascendant across the globe. What role can literature for children play in teaching the next generation to be more empathetic, to respect difference, and to reject hatred?

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How to add Audible narration to Kindle for iPad and iPhone

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Want to listen to audiobooks on your iOS device? You can get a dedicated app, but you can also do it with your Kindle app.
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Writing family stories

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Jason Tougaw grew up gay in SoCal in the 1970s with a family that never fit in (a naked schizophrenic grandfather, famed declared-dead-but-not jockey Ralph Neves).

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Reflections on writing a memoir, including this: "One of the peculiar things about writing a memoir is the fact that people who know you will read it. You know me, but what do you know. There are the facts. Maybe I’ve told you some. But there’s also the feeling of knowing somebody. I don’t know what it feels like for you, or anybody else, to know me. And vice versa."
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Words of Hope by E.B. White from 1973 - Wind the clock, for tomorrow is another day

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Correspondence deserving of a wider audience

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Looking for words of hope, I found Bon Courage! 
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The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics

The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics | AdLit | Scoop.it

"The purpose of this study is to examine the effect of Digital Storytelling (DST) on the (a) academic achievement, (b) attitude towards physics and (c) self efficacy perception of secondary school students. This study consists of an experimental group and a comparison group which are formed by equal number of students. The six-weeks study adopted a pretest and posttest experimental design involving 64 students in two physics classes taught by the same teacher. Digital story telling was additionally applied in experimental group. Nonparametric Tests have been used in the data analysis. Our findings indicate that DST participants performed significantly better than comparison group participants in terms of physics achievement. While in comparison group students‟ self-efficacy perceptions and attitudes toward physics decreased, in experimental group there was not any difference. "
The Effect of Creating Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement, Self Efficacy Perceptions and Attitudes Toward Physics (PDF Download Available). Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/312128678_The_Effect_of_Creating_Digital_Storytelling_on_Secondary_School_Students%27_Academic_Achievement_Self_Efficacy_Perceptions_and_Attitudes_Toward_Physics [accessed Sep 28, 2017].

 

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Positive impact of Digital Storytelling on high school physics students!


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Digital storytelling is incredibly popular given the proliferation of new technologies. This paper discusses its use from the perspective of secondary students’ academic achievement, attitudes towards physics and self-efficacy perception. The findings from the experimental pretest and posttest design elicited important insights. DST participants seemed to benefit in terms of their physics performance. Students’ self-efficacy perceptions and attitudes towards physics did not show alteration for the experimental group.

 

Overall it appears that digital storytelling has a positive effect on learning and therefore more research is needed to explore and contribute to the field specifically in relation to critical, reflective and creative thinking and learning motivation and students’ engagement.

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Digital Storytelling on Secondary School Students' Academic Achievement
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Why Books Will Always Matter 

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An inspirational talk by the National Book Foundation's Lisa Lucas.

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Weekend Project: Keepsake Booklet - Flow Magazine

Weekend Project: Keepsake Booklet - Flow Magazine | AdLit | Scoop.it
If you’re looking for something to do this weekend or while away a bit of time in a mindful creative way, why not make yourself this Keepsake Booklet? Ellen, one of the editors of Dutch Flow, likes to use envelopes to store small things. Things like beautiful candy wrappers, the card of a favorite restaurant, or a dried …

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50 of the Best Websites for Writers

50 of the Best Websites for Writers | AdLit | Scoop.it
There are tons of reference sites on the web that can help you find a job or write a poem, essay or story. Here is a list of the best 50 websites for writers.

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Lots of resources! 

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Marilynne Robinson on Finding the Right Word

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The author of “Gilead” and “Housekeeping” reflects on Emily Dickinson, expanding the mind and writing into the unknown.

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"Writing should always be exploratory. There shouldn’t be the assumption that you know ahead of time what you want to express."
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Describing Words Finds Adjectives For the Noun You're Writing About

Describing Words Finds Adjectives For the Noun You're Writing About | AdLit | Scoop.it
When you’re writing, adjectives give you the most flexibility to create a vivid picture. It’s also easy to slip into a cliche series of mundane, familiar adjectives. Describing Words helps inspire you with something different.

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Four elements that every flash fiction story needs

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Sick of writing your novel yet? Learn to write great flash fiction and recharge your writing no matter what the length.

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What's so difficult about writing flash fiction (very short stories)? After all, there are less words. However painful it may be, like squeezing a size 18 body into a size 12 dress, nip and tuck at those words, but leave the heart of your story intact.

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Hyphens, Em Dashes, En Dashes—Everything You Need to Know

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The use and typesetting of hyphens, en dashes, and em dashes

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11 Secrets to Writing Effective Character Description

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Are your characters dry, lifeless husks? Writing effective description is the secret to breathing new life into them. Author Rebecca McClanahan shares 11 secrets.

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Books to Watch For: 8 New Books for ‘Downton Abbey’ Fans (Source: @Bookbub) | Sara Rosett

Books to Watch For: 8 New Books for ‘Downton Abbey’ Fans (Source: @Bookbub) | Sara Rosett | AdLit | Scoop.it
Sara’s Take: I was pleased to see several mysteries on this list of books for fans of Downton Abbey. I’m looking forward to several of them, including Anna Lee Hubers’ This Side of Murder. I love the vintage feel of the cover. What about you? What books are you looking forward to reading this fall?  …
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Four Simple Rules for Writing Dialogue by Robert Wiersema

Four simple rules for writing dialogue—and perhaps creating a dialogue in real life. (CAPP presents The Walrus Talks: The Art of Conversation.


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How Writing 1000 Words a Day Changed my Life – The Mission – Medium

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When I interviewed Julien Smith for the first time in 2012, he had one of the most popular blogs on the internet. Of all the things he shared with me in our conversation, one thing he said stood out…

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Penelope's curator insight, September 26, 9:51 PM
There is a lot of wisdom inside this article. If you feel you can't manage 1,000 words per day, start with 500. Just by putting words down on a page creates momentum. I begin my day with journaling, along with a cup of coffee, of course!

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For leaders and teachers alike, this is a healthy habit to explore your innner and outer worlds.
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8 Ways Digital Storytelling Transforms Learning in 21st Century Education: The Research Evidence

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How Digital Storytelling Transforms Education: Research Findings 

"In the following paragraphs we summarize eight ways that illustrate the transformative impact of digital storytelling for learning based on comparing findings from a number of empirical studies (e.g. Dreon, Kerper, & Landis 2011; Malita & Martin 2010; Robin 2008; Smeda, Dakich & Nalin Sharda 2014; Yang & Wu 2012) that were conducted in the last decade. "

 

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Excellent recap of the research on Digital Storytelling. A must read!


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James Baldwin: "A Talk to Teachers"

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Click on the headline or image above to be taken to the full text of Baldwin's 1963 "Talk to Teachers," a consideration of the posture to be taken in the education of black (and also white) children in America. It is chilling to contemplate how completely contemporary is this piece that appeared 54 years ago. -JL


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27 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills and Escape Content Mediocrity

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Want to write better content? Learn how to improve your writing skills by practicing each of these 27 mini-skills for writers.

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Henneke has penned such a creative post, and with all her analogies using food, your mouth will be salivating!

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The Inktober Challenge Quinn Rollins @jedikermit

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 Art Teachers: This was made for y'all. Depending on where you are in your curriculum, pen-and-ink might not be the kind of exercise you'd do as a formal classroom assignment, but it could still be a great way to stretch your students. I know some artists who design a character (an alien? a pumpkin?) or pick a character to draw doing all of the #Inktober prompts. How would you have your alien doing "Swift?" "Squeak?" "Cloud?" "Mysterious?" ...or have them pick a favorite universe to draw in. Harry Potter, Star Wars, Adventure Time -- and have them still do the #Inktober prompts

 Not-Art-Teachers: First of all, you should be. I should be. Finding ways to bring art into the classroom is a great way to engage kids who aren't engaged with some of our other go-to tools. But if you're so hooked on your curriculum that the #Inktober list of prompts seems like it would be inappropriate for what you're doing, come up with a list of 31 prompts that are within your curriculum. Connect it to the Bill of Rights. States of Matter. Digestive System. I don't know. Maybe look at the #Inktober list for inspiration, and then find a side door from those prompts into your own content. If 31 days seems excessive, just do it for one week -- see what your students come up with.

 

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These prompts are excellent for writing as well.


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The Looking Glass : New Perspectives on Children's Literature

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"Edited by a team of literature scholars from across the United States, The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children's Literature is an online journal that includes analysis of both classic and contemporary children's and youth literature. Founded in 1997, the journal releases a new issue once or twice a year and is aimed at "academics, librarians, teachers, parents and anyone else fascinated by the world of children's literature." The journal is divided up into several sections and includes peer-reviewed academic papers alongside "more general commentary" and "light and quirky pieces." On this website, visitors may read the current issue of The Looking Glass and all previously published issues in HTML format. In the Vol 19, No 1 (2016) issue, readers will find an analysis of hunger in youth novels by Sarah Hardstaff; a consideration of literacy education by Kevin K. Thomas and April M. Burke, both of Central Michigan University; and a consideration of three recently published books about the Harry Potter series.The Looking Glass: New Perspectives on Children's Books is an electronic journal about children's literature."

 

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FutureBook … or FutureRead? Fostering the next generation of readers 

FutureBook … or FutureRead? Fostering the next generation of readers  | AdLit | Scoop.it
Sheila Bounford has worked in service businesses connected to the publishing industry for thirty years. A former Executive Director of the IPG, Head of Business Development at NBNi, and mentor to independent publishers, she is currently teaching English to secondary school pupils as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. BookMachine is a great …

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