Literature and the Young Adult Reader 
by Ernie Bond
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Chapter VIII:  Poetry

 

 

In Literature and the Young Adult Reader each chapter starts with a set of books that would work well to extend discussions about young adult literature (these are certainly not the only books that would work and some great new books will be added from time to time).

  Poetry Anthology Text Set
19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East by Naomi Shihab Nye
 

Behind the Wheel: Poems about Driving by Janet Wong

 

Black Cat Bone by J. Patrick Lewis

 
Blue Lipstick by John Grandits
 
Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States ed. Lori Carlson  

A Fire in My Hands by Gary Soto

 

Jazz  by Walter Dean Myers; illus. by Christopher Myers

 
Keeping the Night Watch by Hope Anita Smith  

Movin’: Teen Poets Take Voice ed. Dave Johnson

 
Seeing the Blue Between ed. Paul Janeczko  
Slow Dance Heart Break Blues by Arnold Adoff  

Waiting to Waltz by Cynthia Rylant

 

What Have You Lost? by Naomi Shihab Nye

 
You Are Here, This Is Now ed. by David Levithan  

You Hear Me? Poems and Writing by Teenage Boys ed. Betsy Franco

 


Poetic Novel Text Set

Becoming Billie Holiday by Carole Weatherford
 

Bronx Masquerade by Nikki Grimes    

Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson  

CrashBoomLove: A Novel in Verse by Juan F. Herrera

 

Girl Coming In for a Landing by April H. Wayland 

 

Jinx by Margaret Wild

 

Keesha’s House by Helen Frost

 

Locomotion by Jacqueline Woodson

 

Love That Dog by Sharon Creech

 

Names Will Never Hurt Me by Jaime Adoff

 

Shakespeare Bats Cleanup by Ron Koertge

 

Sister Slam by Linda Oatman High

 

Splintering by Eireann Corrigan

 

The Surrender Tree by Margarita Engle

 

What My Mother Doesn’t Know by Sonya Sones

 

Worlds Afire by Paul Janeczko

 

Your Own Sylvia by Stephanie Hemphill

 


 

Poetry and the Young Adult Reader

 

Poetic Elements and Forms

 

Poetry and orality


Author Spotlights:

Five authors are highlighted in Chapter VI of Literature and the Young Adult Reader.  For more information about these authors you can visit their websites:

 

Poetry in the Classroom

 

Writing Poetry

A number of sites on the WWW help budding poets learn to write. In Poetry Writing with Jack Prelutsky, a Writing with the Writers website created by Scholastic, Jack Prelutsky guides the reader through the poetry writing process. http://teacher.scholastic.com/writewit/poetwit/index.htm

In another site Reading to Write: Lyric Poetry students learn by looking at models, discussing what they read with their peers, and writing their own poems -- all online. This project is finished but still a good example of using the internet to facilitate a unit. http://www.rialto.k12.ca.us/Curriculum/ReadtoWrite/lp/lpindex.html

 

Literary Theory: The Concept of Deconstruction in Literary Theory

Northup Frye has asserted that "It is impossible to teach or learn literature: what one teaches or learns is criticism." Different theoretical lenses for approaching literature are explored in each chapter of Literature and the Young Adult Reader. These are only brief introductions to the theoretical lenses, in the hopes that those interested in a particular approach would explore further. Chapter VIII takes a look at the concept of Deconstruction in Literary Theory.  Some online sources for more information include:

 

Resources:

Booktalks and book trailers:

Booktalks and book trailers both serve as advertisements for books:


Authors:

Some poets you may want to investigate online include:

 

Books and poems online:


Awards:

Other Resources:


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