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Young Adult Literature

ENG 252W

Young Adult Literature

ENG 252W

Course Description

Prerequisite: READING LEVEL 3 and any approved College Composition I course with a minimum grade of C. Explores literature written for and about young adults, defined as those students in middle or junior high and high school. Surveys quality trade books, with emphasis on top writers of the best, most engaging literature. Increases awareness of how literature speaks to young adults and engages them in language and learning experiences. Appropriate for general students of literature and those planning to enter careers in secondary education, sociology, psychology, and juvenile justice. Credit may be earned in ENG 252W or LIT 252W but not both. (45-0)

Outcomes and Objectives

Analyze literature in the subject area.

Objectives:

  • Interpret the meanings of literary works.
  • Identify various literary genres.
  • Demonstrate analytical understanding through writing.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of multiple theoretical approaches.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of quality literature for and by young adults in traditional and emerging formats.
  • Discuss the cognitive developmental tasks confronting adolescents and the role of literature in that process.

Participate in writing to learn activities.

Objectives:

  • Perform writing tasks to promote learning.
  • Write effectively for a specific audience and purpose.
  • Demonstrate the learning of concepts through writing.
  • Research quality trade books and authors.

Demonstrate an understanding of the diverse nature of the cultural and historical context for this body literature.

Objectives:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with current and historical young adult literature.
  • Discuss the evolution of young adult literature and its debt to earlier literary forms.
  • Evaluate the positive and appropriate depiction of diverse characters in terms of gender, religion, race, or ethnic origin as well as those with disabilities.
  • Describe strategies for addressing current issues (such as censorship) in selecting and using young adult literature.