Literature and the Young Adult Reader 
by Ernie Bond

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.

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.


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:



Booktalks and book trailers:

Booktalks and book trailers both serve as advertisements for books:


Some poets you may want to investigate online include:


Books and poems online:


Other Resources:

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