Making it Relevant: Stories to Students Ange Han

What happens when you google "YA Lit"...?

List of popular YA Novels
Three novels I've seen three students carry the whole semester

So... What is it about reading that it's slowly dying in the classroom...?

Canon texts read throughout the semester between freshmen and juniors

Real Question: How to make YA lit relevant enough to prompt students to read?

Freshmen read Odyssey in the textbook then watched the movie (although half the class admitted to having read the novels first!)

Quotes

November Unit: Transcendentalism with Ralph Waldo Emerson and Henry David Thoreau

"Actions speak louder than words."
"So... if Emerson and Thoreau didn't like government and laws and they say to disobey them... is it like The Hunger Games?"
“Character is higher than intellect. A great soul will be strong to live as well as think.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
“And now that you don’t have to be perfect, you can be good.” -John Steinbeck, East of Eden
After our Transparent Eyeball assignment, QOTD by Tolkien, "LODR"

Music

Student's response to one of the Gallery Walks stations
YA novels with an emphasis on music

Utilize music videos and lyrics to explore YA lit themes

Poetry

Example of a student's poetry project (in relation to Dickinson's poetry)
Angela de Hoyos poem and Sandra Cisneros novel
Emily Dickinson poem and Rupi Kaur poem from "Milk and Honey"
Excerpt from a novel- "Gabi, A Girl in Pieces" by Isabel Quintero

PersonalIZE

Student survey I handed out in the beginning of the semester
Freshmen summer reading that many put for "#3. Favorite book" in the survey above
#5. What is your least favorite part about English class?

"Reading" "Reading because it is boring and takes too long." "Reading because I don't like any books we read in school."

Remind, remind, remind and it will become relevant...!

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