YA Literature in the Classroom

Posted by Mary Hendra on May 2, 2015

Identity, History, and Adolescent Choices in Literature

Can Young Adult (YA) literature help young people explore the complexity of identity, the influence of history, and the agency they have in the world today?


For several years, we've brought together teams of teachers at the middle school level to explore literature commonly taught in grades 6-8 which explore these exact issues. 


Each one of these books provides an opportunity to look at how our identity is formed by our community, the choices made in challenging moments, and pressures for conformity.

If you're a veteran of this course, we hope you'll find this post a helpful way to re-visit learnings or share with a colleague. (And visit Professional Development if this inspires you to find your next opportunity to take great trainings like this either in Southern California or online).

If you're one of our visitors who have never taken our a class with Facing History (or this is the first time you've heard of us!) we hope you'll take the chance to learn more about our work.

The Symbaloo Board below links to resources used in our seminars on this topic.  


And here is our SlideShare used at the Museum of Tolerance workshop, March 2016. 


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