Tuesday, May 16, 2017

RDGED 704 Young Adult (YA) Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)

Young Adult (YA) Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)

RDGED 704 Young Adult (YA) Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)

Online Course 3 semester hours graduate credit
Instructor: Sharron McElmeel 
Summer: RDGED 704 960 June 5 - August 11, 2017

Who Should Enroll

  • Middle and high school English teachers
  • School library media specialists
  • Talented and gifted teachers
  • Special education teachers
  • Classroom teachers
  • Reading teachers
  • Reading interventionists
  • Reading specialists

You Will Learn

This course focuses on the following key areas in the national reading standards including
  • the role of young adult literature in relation to their culture and development and to build knowledge toward developing a curriculum that promotes “a progressive development of reading comprehension
  • suggestions for “a diverse array of contemporary literature as well as challenging informational texts in a range of subjects
  • inclusion of classic myths and stories from around the world
  • reading as a means of developing vocabularies and conventions of language
  • integration of technology with literature related activities
This is one of the required courses for individuals pursuing reading teacher certification, WI 316
Meet your goals for
  • professional development/continuing education
  • license renewal
  • elective graduate credit in the Master of Science in Education online degree program
  • reading teacher certification
  • a refresher course
  • transfer the credit to another university
  • transfer credit for school library media specialist or reading teacher certification


Designing strategies to build an appreciation of literature, motivating life-long readers, and using literature to encourage critical thinking across the curriculum.  
Topics include the nature of teenage readers, genres of young adult literature, and its use in classroom curriculum including integration of Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


E-textbooks will be provided when you login to the course. You may open the e-book to read online from your laptop or desktop. The e-textbook software is compatible with an iPad, Kindle Fire or fully internet capable device. It is not compatible with a Kindle Reader.
  1. McElmeel, S., Loertscher, D. V., & Wrenn- Estes, B. (2015). Young Adult Literature and Multimedia: A Quick Guide, 10th Edition. Salt Lake City: Learning Commons Press/Hi Willow Research and Publishing. 
    ISBN: 1-933170-81-6 PDF digital edition. 
  2. McElmeel, Sharron L. (2017). The Best Teen Reads (9th ed.). Salt Lake City: Learning Commons Press/Hi Willow Research and Publishing.
    ISBN  978-1-933170-83-2
In addition to the required textbooks, participants will be asked to read widely in the area of young adult literature. 
Specific titles will not be required, but readings on each topic or genre will be required to successfully participate in the class discussion.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Articulate a definition of young adult literature in relation to the total body of literature
  2. Analyze the role of young adult literature in the development of a young adult's world view and the development of a role as a life-long reader.
  3. Summarize elements of and reading materials representing pop culture and how those elements affect teen reading interests.
  4. Evaluate fiction and informational books in various genres and areas of interest.
  5. Select an appropriate title for a specific audience and prepare a written plan for a book talk for that book.
  6. Survey books used in the classroom and library and assess goals for creating a climate of understanding and appreciation of diverse cultures and ethnic heritages.
  7. Develop activities for motivating young adults to read and discuss books critically, for example, book discussions, literary circles, and so forth.
  8. Analyze literary elements -- for example content, plot, characterization, dialog, and point of view -- in a story and apply critical judgments to selected literature.
  9. Create a literature unit demonstrating an understanding of the body of contemporary young adult literature and best practices for using literature with preteen and teenage readers.
  10. Brainstorm ideas and plan activities to build a literacy awareness and supportive literacy environment to implement in the community; to support reading, diversity, and build a total literacy-focused community.

Content Outline

  1. Getting Acquainted
  2. Investigating Young Adult Literature Resources
  3. Out of Childhood and into the World of Teen/ Pop culture
  4. Getting to Know Teen Literature
  5. Booktalking: Motivating Young Adults to READ
  6. Adult Books taken by Young Adults/Picture Books for Young Adults
  7. Literacy Events List and Planning
  8. Multicultural and Ethnic Diversity and Censorship
  9. Creating Literature Connections (implementing standards)

Alignment with Teaching Standards

Course objectives are aligned with the following Wisconsin Standards for Teacher Development and Licensure (WI DPI) 1, 4, 7
No travel to campus required.
Participate from your home or work computer during hours that are flexible and convenient for your work and family schedule and responsibilities.
The class is highly interactive with a significant discussion component. 
All discussion postings, projects, and assignments will be submitted via the course discussion board and Dropbox. 
Activities are conducted according to a schedule with specific due dates each week; there are no required "live" chat sessions.
This is not a self-paced course.

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Contact Us: School of Education 
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout 
Menomonie, WI 54751 
Phone: 715-232-2693
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