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Examining Adolescent Issues through Young Adult Literature: Task Definition

This task, a collaborative effort with Donna Good, provides students the opportunity to read about characters like themselves and analyze the connections to their own lives. It has been revised to incorporate the functions in Destiny & LibGuides CMS.

Adolescent Issues

Essential Question

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

To Get You Thinking...

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.