YA Lit. and Curriculum Today

Young Adult Literature in English Curriculum Today: Classroom Teachers Speak Out

My favorite line in this article is “‘The THAT of teenagers reading is more important than the WHAT'” which is exactly our case for this site (Gibbons 53). We want our students to fall in love with reading again and to learn how to become better readers. Through reading, students will also become better with vocabulary, and if taught to read as writers, they will also be able to learn how to recognize how to use proper mechanics and grammar.

In this article, teachers speak out and give reasons as to why using YAL (Young Adult Literature) is a good and helpful tool in the curriculum to allow students to simple want to read. At the very end of the article, Katherine, a high school teacher says, “I enjoy reading and teaching [YA books]; my students enjoy reading and learning from the books. That is a perfect combination.” (Gibbons 59).

Why not teach students how to learn to love reading? Our professor said in class the other day how starting off with YAL could easily lead students to become more intrigued with reading as they grow older and influence them to continue on to more diverse literature. I know that was the case for me. I personally started off reading the Harry Potter series and eagerly awaited the next book to come out. After that I headed to Barnes and Noble in search of another series I could read. Eventually, I found Twilight (before it was a big deal), and other fanticy fiction series. I fell in love with reading and later decided to become an English Major after taking a creative writing class and discovered how YA authors came up with such great tales to tell. Now, as I have learned to appreciate reading and set my television time aside for reading a good book, I lay down with Jane Austen to pass the time. Case and point?

Whether or not this has been your experience, we want to make our students life long readers; we want them to grow and actually want to read. This can easily start with YAL and eventually, before you know it, students are widening their horizons and willingly reading books and novels they never thought they would.



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