This valuable guide advises teachers and librarians how to use novels in verse in functional, hands-on ways with teens, including reluctant readers.
Novels in verse are popular and have recently won some important awards. They are of great value to teachers and librarians as a way of reaching all teens, including marginalized teens and those who may be struggling or reluctant readers. This guide shows readers how to pair books with teens based on their needs, interests, and specific situations. After teens are paired with books, this guide suggests activities to further engage them with the poetry. Activities are tied to Common Core and AASL standards for ease of lesson planning for teachers.
Verse novels address a widely diverse demographic and a variety of topics, including various cultures, religions, racism, LGBTQ+ themes, mental illness, poverty, homelessness, sexual assault, self-harm/suicide, domestic violence, family dynamics, disabilities, refugees, English language learners, and more.
Novels in verse provide a more modern, practical alternative to some older classics that may not appeal to many teens or that may intimidate them by their sheer number of words per page. This book provides a one-stop resource for choosing and using novels in verse with teen readers.
- Helps librarians reach struggling and/or reluctant readers across a broad demographic
- Provides a way for librarian to engage and empower teens with literature
- Offers an alternative to using traditional classics that may not hold appeal for many teens
- Connects to Common Core and AASL standards for ease of lesson planning
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About the Author
Lisa Krok, MLIS, MEd, is the adult and teen services manager at Morley Library in the Cleveland, Ohio, area and a former teacher.
Table of Contents
Part 1 Understanding and Using Novels in Verse 1
Getting Started: Why Use Novels in Verse? 1
What Types of Books in Verse are There? 10
How Can Novels in Verse Help Reluctant Readers? 12
Advocacy and Rethinking the Canon 16
Part 2 Readers' Advisory and Activities 25
The Poet X Elizabeth Acevedo 26
Booked Kwame Alexander 30
The Crossover Kwame Alexander 33
Rebound Kwame Alexander 34
Solo Kwame Alexander 36
Shout Laurie Halse Anderson 38
They Call Me Güero: A Border Kid's Poems David Bowles 41
Freakboy Kristin Elizabeth Clark 44
You Remind Me of You: A Poetry Memoir Eireann Corrigan 48
Sanctuary Somewhere Brenna Dimmig 50
Enchanted Air: Two Cultures, Two Wings: A Memoir Margarita Engle 52
Jazz Owls: A Novel of the loot Suit Riots Margarita Engle 54
The Lightning Dreamer: Cuba's Greatest Abolitionist Margarita Engle 56
Soaring Earth Margarita Engle 57
With a Star in My Hand: Ruben Dario, Poetry Hero Margarita Engle 58
The Good Braider Terry Farish 60
Two Girls Staring at the Ceiling Lucy Frank 62
Between the Lines Nikki Grimes 63
Bronx Masquerade Nikki Grimes 66
Garvey's Choice Nikki Grimes 67
Ordinary Hazards: A Memoir Nikki Grimes 68
House Arrest K. A. Holt 70
Knock Out K. A. Holt 72
Redwood and Ponytail K. A. Holt 73
Crank Ellen Hopkins 74
Glass (Crank #2) Ellen Hopkins 76
Fallout (Crank #3) Ellen Hopkins 77
Some Girls Bind Rory James 78
Mary's Monster: Love, Madness, and How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein Lita Judge 81
Kiss of Broken Glass Madeleine Kuderick 84
Inside Out & Back Again Thanhha Lai 86
Up from the Sea Leza Lowitz 87
Under the Mesquite Guadalupe Garcia McCall 89
Blood Water Paint Joy McCullough 91
What I Leave Behind Alison McGhee 93
Amiri & Odette: A Love Story Walter Dean Myers 94
Street Love Walter Dean Myers 96
American Ace Marilyn Nelson 97
How I Discovered Poetry Marilyn Nelson 98
Loving vs. Virginia: A Documentary Novel of the Landmark Civil Rights Cast Patricia Hruby Powell 99
Gobi, a Girl in Pieces Isabel Quintero 101
For Every One Jason Reynolds 103
Long Way Down Jason Reynolds 104
Girls Like Me Lola StVil 107
The Moon Within Aida Salazar 108
The Opposite of Innocent Sonya Sones 109
Saving Red Sonya Sones 111
A Time to Dance Padma Venkatraman 114
Other Words for Home Jasmine Warga 116
Becoming Billie Holiday Carole Boston Weatherford 118
White Rose Kip Wilson 120
Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson 122
Finding Baha Yaga Jane Yolen 124
Glossary of Poetic Devices 125
Works Cited 129
Author/Title Index 137
Content Tag Index 139
What People are Saying About This
"Lisa Krok gives us a wonderful overview and poetry handbook for YA in Novels in Verse for Teens: A Guidebook with Activities for Teachers and Librarians. She provides a strong research-based rationale for the value of sharing novels in verse with teens for providing unique and powerful perspectives, building newfound empathy, valuing diversity, and disrupting the canon in reaching marginalized and reluctant readers. Her reader's advisory component offers a rich annotated bibliography along with engaging activities to encourage critical reading, responding, and writing focused on poetic forms and educational standards. Krok addresses cataloging and shelving issues and provides selection criteria, searchable content tags, a glossary of poetic devices, and QR codes linked to additional resources. Her focus on access (white space) and voice (reader engagement) through poetry is a powerful, practical model of literacy building with teens."
"Novels in Verse for Teens is a wonderful guide that should be used by ELA teachers and librarians everywhere! Lisa Krok highlights and showcases exemplary verse novels and provides activities that are sure to not only engage but also captivate students. I found this guidebook so appealing that I want to try some of Lisa's exercises myself…in fact I will surely be recommending it when I speak to writers about creating poetry and verse novels, because the activities are presented so insightfully that even adult writers will surely enjoy them. This book is for anyone interested in honing their craft by reading and learning from the wide variety of brilliant contemporary verse novels."
"Welcome to a riveting genre of teen reading—young-adult novels written in verse! Move the canon over to create space for fresh reading adventures. J.K. Rowling said "something very magical can happen when you read a good book." This genre, with its dramatically different look on the page and perspectives that sync with contemporary teen experience, is the subject of research-supported Novels in Verse for Teens. Bursting with innovative instruction, this is a must-have text for educators who live to invite all students to find themselves in the magic of good books."
"Celebrating the novel in verse, this book defines and explains its place and importance in the YA literary landscape. Offering multiple entry points for sharing, teaching, and exploring this accessible genre, Krok has created an essential tool for teachers and librarians looking to diversify their collections and deepen the reading experience of the students they serve. Brava!"
"This study of verse novels is a valuable classroom resource, loaded with an impressive level of educational information and many challenging activities. Highly recommended."