Another Productive Class Discussion; What Elements are Making Teen Books Popular

Today I spent 3 hours, yes 3 total hours, with a group of lovely young ladies discussing more Young Adult Literature. We spent most of the afternoon discussing elements that are explored in a variety of different texts in YA literature, and we found so many elements the students are wanting to read about and explore.

If your a teacher, looking to build your reading list for next year, what types of books are you wanting your students to explore? What themes? What plots? When thinking about your next reading list, I would like to present some of the elements that my class and I came up with.

Here are just some elements that we explored:

  • Drug use
  • Sexuality
  • Suicide
  • Depression
  • Parenting/Pregnancy
  • Racism
  • Transition Years
  • Abondonment
  • Illness/Death
  • Tragedy
  • Emotional, Physical, Mental Abuse
  • Alcoholism
  • Identity crisis
  • Popularity/personal appearance

Class 3/25

How many  different types of books can you find that address all of these issues? The truth is, teenagers are looking for books that keep their interest, that change their perspectives and challenge their beliefs and thoughts. Students do not like to read books that are repetitive in theme or message; students need diverse literature that broadens their way of thinking and opens their minds to a new world that they have never seen before.

Short blog, but just in case you are looking for some books to fill your syllabus, check for the books that target these elements!

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