Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature

Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature

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by Kathy Howard Latrobe, Judy Drury
     
 

ISBN-10: 1555705642

ISBN-13: 9781555705640

Pub. Date: 02/28/2009

Publisher: ALA Editions

Harness the power of the story! With today's digital natives, educators face new challenges in guiding young adults to discovery of the critical thinking and enjoyment that comes from lifelong literacy not to mention simply reading simply for pleasure. For anyone seeking to hone their skills as a guide to YA reading, Latrobe and Drury give you a theoretical basis

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Harness the power of the story! With today's digital natives, educators face new challenges in guiding young adults to discovery of the critical thinking and enjoyment that comes from lifelong literacy not to mention simply reading simply for pleasure. For anyone seeking to hone their skills as a guide to YA reading, Latrobe and Drury give you a theoretical basis for your programming with cogent explanations of eight critical theories of literature:
• New Criticism/Formal Criticism
• Psychological Criticism
• Sociological Criticism: Relationships in Context
• Historical Criticism
• Gender Criticism: Opposite Sexes or Neighboring Sexes?
• Archetypal/Mythological Criticism
• Popular Culture and Criticism
• Reader-Response: A Unique Literary Event Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature is for librarians in school and public libraries (plus their colleagues across the curriculum) who strive for collections and programming that elicit thoughtful responses and build higher-level literacy skills across grades 6-12. The authors explore all facets of creating a vibrant YA reading community such as inquiry-based learning, promoting and motivating reading, collection management, understanding multiple intelligences, accepting diverse beliefs, and acting as a change agent to name a few. Latrobe and Drury also provide basic questions designed to involve young people, activities to encourage critical responses and bibliographies of YA books with annotations.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555705640
Publisher:
ALA Editions
Publication date:
02/28/2009
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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Critical Approaches to Young Adult Literature 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
JimRGill2012 More than 1 year ago
This text provides a solid introductory foundation for the study of Young Adult literature. Its breadth is more impressive than its depth, but as an introductory text, it’s quite good. The authors organize the book into three sections: the first addresses young adults and young adult literacy as theoretical concepts; the second section contains an overview of various YA genres such as historical fiction, mysteries, and speculative fiction; and the final section contains chapter-length analyses of various critical approaches such as New Criticism, Psychological Criticism, Gender Criticism, Reader Response Theory, etc. What makes this text especially useful are the clear guides that the authors provide (each outlining insightful questions that students can use to examine a YA text from a given critical perspective), the sample analyses of YA texts that follow the discussion of each critical perspective, and the annotated bibliographies of YA texts that conclude each chapter—each one focused on texts that would be particularly appropriate to examine from the critical perspective being addressed in the chapter. For preservice teachers studying YA lit, this book should provide a valuable starting point.