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Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature

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Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature

Grades 9 – 12
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 50-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

Jennifer Buehler, Ph.D.

St. Louis, Missouri


National Council of Teachers of English


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives





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Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.


Letter Generator

Grades   K – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Writing & Publishing Prose

Letter Generator

The Letter Generator is a useful tool for students to learn the parts of a business or friendly letter and then compose and print letters for both styles of correspondence.


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  • In the context of reading workshop or a literature circles unit, have students keep a list of young adult (YA) books they read, rating each book for its literary quality and appeal to teens.

  • As students choose books to read, provide them with links to respected YA blogs and review sites from the Online Resources for Student Research in order to get them thinking about the professional conversation surrounding the publication of new books.

  • If possible, present students with copies of the existing Language Arts curriculum for their specific course or grade level.  Ask them to consider the texts currently in use; to examine themes and essential questions that provide context for literary study; and to identify issues, characters, and life experiences not represented in the current curriculum.

  • Prepare an archive of critical resources and background information on the titles that students begin discussing (book reviews, author Websites, discussion guides, critical essays, and author interviews) or ask students to create such archives. Use the Teacher Web resources (which includes annotations of Online Resources for Student Research to facilitate this preparation.)

  • Make copies of necessary handouts.

  • Reserve time in the computer lab for sessions requiring access to online research materials.

  • Bookmark the Online Resources for Student Research link to provide students a starting point for their research.

  • Bookmark and test the Persuasion Map and Letter Generator. Familiarize yourself with the tools and ensure that you have the proper Flash plug-ins installed. You can download the plug-in from the technical support page.

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