Integrating Young Adult Literature through the Common Core Standards
by Rachel L. Wadham and Jonathan W. Ostenson
January 2013, 260pp, 8 1/2x11
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-118-5
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Now that the common core state standards have been adopted in nearly every state in the country, the task before school professionals is to decide how to implement these standards: what texts are best suited to help students become proficient, competent readers? Can young-adult literature meet teenage students’ developmental and social needs as well as the demands of learning standards?

This book advocates for a stronger role for young-adult literature in ELA classrooms, compellingly documenting how this body of work meets both the needs of adolescent students and the demands of the common core for complex texts and tasks.

Integrating Young Adult Literature through the Common Core Standards provides a compelling template for teachers that uses young adult literature and inquiry learning to meet students’ needs and the demands of the common core standards.

The first part of the book addresses the widely adopted common core state standards by examining closely the standards’ model of text complexity and demonstrating how young adult literature can fill the requirements of this model. The second part provides theoretical discussions and analysis of the standards as well as concrete applications of young adult literature within the classroom in order to give school professionals a comprehensive understanding of how young adult literature and the standards can work together. The book empowers schools and teachers to make intelligent, informed decisions about texts and instructional practices that benefit their students.

Finally, the authors explore a powerful teaching approach that integrates current understandings about learning, young adult literature, and the common core standards in a way that will facilitate greater learning and understanding in English classrooms.

Rachel L. Wadham, MEd, is librarian and professor of adolescent literature at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's This is My Life: A Guide to Realistic Fiction for Teens and Linworth's Bringing Fantasy Alive for Children and Young Adults. Wadham holds a master's degree in library science from the University of North Texas and a second master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Pennsylvania State University.

Jonathan W. Ostenson, PhD, is professor in the English Education program at Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, where he teaches courses in English teaching methods and young adult literature. Previously, he taught junior high and high school English for 11 years.


"This volume is a must-have for any professional development and school media collection at the high school level, and a strongly suggested addition for other levels due to the lack of materials currently available on integrating literature through the common core standards at any or all levels."—ARBA, February 1, 2013

"Scholarly in tone, this well-organized professional text is readable, interesting, and practical. Reading specialists will find it helpful for introducing changes to the standard format and teacher training institutions might consider it for possible curricula."—VOYA, June 1, 2013
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