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Teaching YA Lit through Differentiated Instruction

by Susan L. Groenke and Lisa Scherff

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Teaching YA Lit through Differentiated Instruction

Grades 9 – 12
Type Book
Pages 177
Published January 2011
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English



Sales of young adult literature are stronger than ever. When we pay attention to what teens are reading outside of the classroom, we see that young adult novels are the books teens buy with their allowance money, pass around to their friends, and write about in their blogs or at fan fiction sites. These are the books that tell teens their lives matter and their own life stories are important.

Authors Susan L. Groenke and Lisa Scherff offer suggestions for incorporating YA lit into the high school curriculum by focusing on a few key questions:

  • Which works of YA literature work better for whole-class instruction and which are more suitable for independent reading and/or small-group activities?
  • What can teachers do with YA lit in whole-class instruction?
  • How can teachers use YA novels to address the needs of diverse readers in mixed-ability classrooms?

This book helps English teachers address the different reading needs and strengths adolescents bring to our classrooms. Highlighting some of the best young adult literature published since 2000, this book shows that YA lit is for all students and deserves a more central place in secondary literature instruction.

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