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This is sample student assignment based on the "Examining Adolescent Issues through Young Adult Literature.

Adolescent Issues

Essential Question

How is adolescent literature an engaging way to convey practical, significant information to its audience? 

One Author's View

“Too many adults wish to 'protect' teenagers when they should be stimulating them to read of life as it is lived.”
― Margaret A. Edwards

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Task Definition

   Literature is a powerful means of communication.  Reading books provides a means of experiencing life without any of the “first-hand” pain.  Young adult books offer their audience an opportunity to read about characters like themselves, to empathize with those characters, and to “observe” as they find solutions to the problems they face.

   Your task is to answer the following essential question:  How is adolescent literature an engaging way to convey practical, significant information to its audience?  Building on your knowledge of fiction and nonfiction, you will discover the many uses of reading, identify and explain the central issue (s) and their relevance to today’s teenagers, and determine the difference between literary value and personal preference.    

   You determine the elements of this project using the matrix provided.  Mini lessons related to each piece of the project will be provided.  All students must participate in small group presentations.