What makes a book a YA book? Write ONE brief characteristic in the chat that you think a book needs to have in order to be considered YA.
Examine the book cover “clues” I’ve provided. By researching these two works, begin to construct a brief summary of what YA lit was like during your decade. Be prepared to share the significance of both works and authors with the class. Also share any other important information you discover about what was happing in YA lit during your decade. How do these books fit in? Why did I choose them to represent the decade? You have up to 10 minutes to share your findings with the class. Choose 2 words to describe YA lit during your decade. Share your words with the class & explain the choice. Add additional book covers, phrases, artwork and your two descriptive words to your group’s whiteboard to illustrate your decade. Group roles: The student who has taken the most courses in our program should be in charge of arranging the whiteboard to share The group member who has taken the fewest courses in the program will be the group’s spokesperson.
A student approaches you who has just finished reading Seventeenth Summer. She tells you she liked the book because it wasn’t too “mature.” Her family is very conservative and many of the other teen books in the library make her uncomfortable. She asks if you have anything else like Seventeenth Summer. What can you recommend?
Books That Don’t Make You Blush: No Dirty Laundry Here (2006) 2011 PPYA Lists Thrillers & Killers: May cause anxiety... don't read at home alone. What’s Cooking? : Tasty reads to fill your belly and warm your soul. What if… It's the end of the world as we know it. Zombies, Werewolves, and Things with Wings: Because vampires suck!
Take two minutes to write down two things about this book that would appeal to today’s teens. Write down two things you think they might dislike.
To discuss What are some of the things that date the novel? That give it timeless appeal? What would be the response of most students to Seventeenth Summer? Who is (was) the intended audience? Who do you think is reading it now? What did you like about the book? Dislike? Is Angie a character that you could relate to? Would teens relate to her?
Which of our characteristics of YA do Seventeenth Summer possess? Would you consider Seventeenth Summer to be “good” YA literature? How do/can adults set standards of quality for children’s/YA books? What makes a book a high quality YA book? Do adults & YAs have different opinions? How do we become qualified to make judgments about books? Who drives collection development in a school library?
Next Week Watch the two collection analysis information videos I will send tonight after class. After viewing the first video, post your thoughts in the discussion forum for video 1. After I reply to your post answering your questions, watch the 2 nd video. Respond to the discussion board post for video 2. Note: these discussion posts are required. Prepare for the Twitter activity (see handout and video). Week 4 Your “trend” book cannot be part of the Twilight or Hunger Games series Email me your power point slide for your trend book by 9am on February 8 th and be prepared to share a 2-3 minute book talk on your book with the class. See the wiki for book talk resources.