Literature for Adolescents

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Course Description:
This course examines texts appropriate for students in grades 6-12. Students will read classic and contemporary literature from social, psychological, and educational points of view, as well as read literary criticism focusing on the literary texts. The course considers the characteristic themes and concerns presented by the various texts. This course is designed to assist with teacher certification. 3 college credits. Prerequisite: Admission to the English Education program.

Course Details




Dr. Mackenzie Johnson



Required textbooks/ course materials:

Flake, Sharon.  The Skin I'm In, 9781368019439

Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Speak, 9780312674397

Boyne, John. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, 9780385751537

Hinton, S.E.  The Outsiders, 9780142407332

Bloom, Judy. Forever, 9781481414432

Orwell, George.  Animal Farm, 9780451526342


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

C-1       Communicate effectively in various rhetorical modes

C-2       Evaluate ideas using critical thinking

C-3       Demonstrate appropriate documentation techniques through various assignments

C-4       Analyze human experiences through reading and writing

C-5       Demonstrate the effective use of the conventions of Standard American English


Course-level learning outcomes:

Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the significant features of literary texts appropriate for the young adult
  • Evaluate evidence to support an insightful interpretation of a text or tale
  • Explain the social and political impact of literatures
  • Write critical and convincing expositions that analyze primary and/or secondary sources
  • Apply the rules of American Standard English to writing 







Documented Essays, Essays, Homework, Portfolio, Projects, Report/Presentation, Writing Assignments


Means of accomplishing learning outcomes:

  • Read all assigned texts
  • Complete all homework and in-class assignments
  • Be prepared for in-class discussion
  • Maintain a portfolio


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