Theme: Classics in YAL
Deadline: March 1, 2014
One staple in pedagogy for teaching young adult literature is pairing young adult texts with canonical texts. Joan Kaywell supports this in Adolescent Literature as a Complement to the Classics, and Sara Herz and Don Gallo support it in From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and Classics. In our own classes we seek ways to add rigor to teaching young adult literature by pairing it with canonical texts. For example, one pairing we have recently tried is Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena with Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. What pairings are you trying in your own classrooms? What learning strategies are you finding useful in these pairings? How is implementing young adult literature in conjunction with canonical texts helping your students better understand the classic works of literature?