Library & Information Science, Course 262: Resources for Young Adults.
Copyright, 2006 Dr. David Loertscher
Read at least one of the following:
Topic: Building a repertoire of the best in all forms of media - the good, the bad, the ugly (a book a day keeps the Bs away... plus other stuff)
Note: the following list is beging replaced by the wiki YA Literature and Multimedia at http://seedwiki.com. It has been left here for one last semester.
Topic: History of materials/media for young adults
Student Project: Robert Comier (w1cg.pdf)
Resources (w2 started.html) - being replaced by the wiki YA Literature and Multimedia
Topic 2a: The Juvenile Novel
Read one from the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults, 2005 or 2006.
Read one other juvenile novel popular with teens you encounter.
Read or experience:
Topic: The Popular Sub Culture - It's a Jungle Out There.
Resources: (w3 trash.html) (beting replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
Problem: What is this thing called adolescence? Do the materials written and produced for this group mirror reality and provide possibilities? How can professionals use these materials with teens in school and public libraries?
Read One of the following fiction works:
Read one nonfiction title directed at teens: (read one.) Suggestions:
- Halpin, Mikki. It's YOur World - If You Don't Like It, Change It: Activism for Teenagers (2004)
- Simmons, Rachel. Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Agression in Girls.
- Always Running by Louis Rodrigues
- House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
- Johnson, Spencer. Who Moved My Cheese? for Teens: An A-Mazing Way to Change and Win! 2002.
- Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul (any title from this series targeted at teens)..- browse through and read a few stories.
- Jacobs, Thomas A. They Broke the Law: You Be the Judge: True Cases of Teen Crime. Free Spirit Press, 2003
- Espeland, Pamela. Life Lists for Teens: Tips, Steps, Hints, and How-Tops for Growing Up, Getting Along, Learning, and Having Fun. Free Spirit Press, 2003.
- Huegel, Kelly. GLBTQ: The Survival Guide for Queer and Questioning Teens. Free Spirit Press, 2003.
- Covey, Sean. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens : The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide
- Wilkinson, Bruce. Prayer of Jabez for Teens.Multnomah Publishers, 2001
- Hirschfelder, Arlene. Kick Butts!: A Kid's action Guide to a Tobacco-Free America. Scarcrow, 2001
- Goldstein, Mark A. and Myna Chandler Goldstein. Boys Into Men: Staying Healthy Through the Teen Years. Greenwood, 2000.
- CQ Researcher on Teens in America. CQ Press, 2001
- Grimbol, William R. The Complete Idiot's Guide to Spirituality for Teens. Alpha Books, 2000.
- Woods, Earl and the Tiger Woods Foundation. Start Something: You Can Make a Difference. Simon & Schuster, 2000.
- Vizzini, Ned. Teen Angst? Naah... Free Spirit Publishing, 2000
- Johnson, Julie Tallard. The Thundering Years: Rituals and Sacred Wisdom for Teens. Bindu Books, 2001
- Desetta, Al, ed. The Struggle to be Strong: True Stories by Teens About Overcoming Tough Times. Free Sprit Publishing, 2000.
- McGraw, Jay. Life Strategies for Teens. Simon & Schuster, 2000
- Packer, Alex J. Highs!: Over 150 Ways to Feel Really, Really Goodd...Without Alcohol or Other Drugs. Free Sprit Publishing, 2000
- Williams, Terrie. Stay Strong: Simple Life Lessons for Teens, with an Introduction by Queen Latifah. 2001.
- Beroff, Art. and T.R. Adams. How To Be a Teenage Millionaire. Entrepreneur Press, 2000
- Greene, Rebecca. The Teenagers' Guide to School Outside the Box. Free Spirit Press, 2001.
- Morisette, Alanis. Conversations With God for Teens. Hampton Roads, 2001.
- Wilson, Jacqueline. Girls in Love. Delecorte, 2002.
- Jukes, Mavis. Guy Book: An Owner's Manual. Crown, 2002
Directed at adults: (read one) Suggestions:
- Strauch, Barbara. The Primal Teen: What the New Discoveries About the Teenage Brain Tell Us About Our Kids. 2003•
- Horn, Wade F. and Carol Keough. New Teen Book: An Z to Z Guide for Parents of 9- to 16-Year Olds. (Merideth Corp. 1999).
- Pollack, William. Real Boys. Owl Books, 1998.
- Mary Pipher. Reviving Ophelia. (book or audiotape); or
- Dave Pelzer A Child Called "It" (Health Communications Inc., 1995) or any of the "It" books; or
- Geoffrey Canada's Reaching Up for Manhood (Becon Presss, 1998)
- Dr. Laura Schlesinger. Parenthood by Proxy : Don't Have Them If You Won't Raise Them (book or audiotape) (2000)
- Hersch, Patricia. A Tribe Apart: A Journey into the Heart of American Adolescence. Balantine Books, 1999.
- Panzarine, Susan. A Parent's Guide to the Teen Years: Raising Your 11- to 14-Year-Old in the Age of Chat Rooms and Navel Rings. Facts on File, 2000.
- Drowns, Robert W. and Karen M. Hess. Juvenile Justice. 3rd ed. Wadsworth, 2000.
• Read several issues of magazines aimed at teens
Advocacy for Teenagers: A Librarian's Professional Responsibility
Resources (w4 personal.html) (being replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
Read and view one of the following movie/book tie-ins:
Peck, Richard. The River Between Us; or, Ambrose, Stephen E. This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis and Clark Expedition; or, Rees, Celia. Pirates! - historical fiction
Patricia Polacco. Pink and Say (professor reads this in class) - picture book of Patricia's ancestor)
• Hitler Youth (Best Book for YA 2006) - (non-fiction); or: Fleischman, Sid: Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini (2006); or, Nelson, Pete and Hunter Scott. Left for Dad! A Young Man's Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis (2003)
Any historical fiction title or Western
Bringing the Past Alive:
Across the disciplines
Resources (w5 history.html) (being replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
Read one more-serious biography written for teens or a person who teens would be required to read about. Examples:
• Strongly recommended: Armstrong, Lance: It's Not About the Bike: My Journey Back to Life. 2001. The cycler who continues to with the Tour de France in spite of testicular cancer. Also recommended, his second book: Every Second Counts.
Or other samples:
- Freedman, Russell. The Voice that Challenged a Nation: Marian Anderson and the Struggle for Equal Rights (2004)
- Silverstein, Ken. The Radioactive Boy Scotut: The Frightenin gTrue Story of a Whiz Kid and His Homemade Nuclear Reactor (2005)
- Ali (the movie) and any biography of Muhamed Ali
- Myers, Walter Dean. Bad Boy: A Memoire. (Harper Collins, 2001). A reflection on his teen years.
- Isaacson, Walter. Benjamin Franklin: An American Life. 2003 (for older teens)
- McCullough, David. John Adams. (for older teens - remarkable love story)
- Sharp, Ken. KISS: Behind the Mask: The Official Authorized Biography. 2003
- Bruchac, Joseph. Sacajawea. (Harcourt, 2000) A dollar and now a biography of the most famous Indian woman.
- Marrin, Albert. Tatan'ka Iyota'ke: Sitting Bull and His World. (Dutton, 2000) - a new look at the most famous Indian chief.
- Lowry. Lois. Looking Back: A Book of Memories. (Delacorte, 1998) - growing up and now an author.
- Bernstein, Sara Tuvel. The Seamstress (Putnam, 1997) - a Holocaust survivor
- Corbett, Sara. Venus to the Hoop (Doubleday, 1997) - basketball gold in the Atlanta Olympics
- Krakauer, Jon. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster (Villard, 1997); or, Boukreev, Anatoli. The Climb: Tragic Ambitions on Everest. (St. Martins, 1997); or, Weathers, Beck and Stephen G. Michaud. Left for Dead: My Journey Home from Everest (Villard Books, 2000)
- Malcolm X book or movie
- The Aviator (movie)
- Ray (movie) and any biography on Ray Charles
Read one Pop Biography:
read one grocery store/newstand biography of a hot musician, sports hero, or other celebrity that teens are interested in this season.
Cormier, Robert. Heroes. Delacorte Press, 1998
Appreciating the people of yesterday and today
What is truth in biography?
Heros and Celebrities
Sports (in fact and fiction)
Biography in a multicultural/world community
Resources (w6 people.html) (Being replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
(the world of science and technology from research scientists to medicine to auto mechanics)
A Beautiful Mind; or, Apollo 13 - the Movie
• March of the Penguins (movie narrated by Morgan Freeman)
NASA Web Site - catch up on the space station and the Mars probe
Any nonfiction pop-science book
Topic: The fascinating world of real science
The development of readable science
Who's persuading teens into the sciences?
Resources in Science (the following being replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
Timeline of Scientists (w7a.html) a list of scientists young people might be interested in researching.
Other resourses (w7 science.html)
Read/view at least two:
• Paolini, Christopher. Eragon or its sequel: Eldest.
• Rowling, J.K. Harry Potter I-VI and the three movies I, II, or III, IV or; Philip Pullman. Golden Compass and its two sequals.
• Stroud, Jonathan. The Amulet of Samarkand (The Bartimaeus Trilogy, Book 1) 2003 or any of its sequels.
• Lord of the Rings trilogy of movies and/or the books
• Matrix trilogy
• X-Men I and II
• any other science fiction or fantasy title enjoyed by teens such as Brian Jacques (Redwall series), Orson Scott Card (Ender books), Terry Brooks (Shanara series), Michael Crichton (any title), Heinlein (early books), Dune books, Frank Herbert, Marion Bradley Zimmer, Donaldson (Thomas Covenant series), Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time)
• any recent science fiction movie you haven't been able to see: Star Wars III, Batman Begins, War of the Worlds, Superman Returns
Resources: (being replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
Science fiction: Professional articles (w8 scifi.html) and tools to help keep up.
Fantasy: Professional articles (w8 fantasy.html) and tools to help keep up.
• Movies of books currently in production: A Series of Unfortunate Events (Snicket); The Eric Saga (Moorcock); The Chronicles of Narnia (Lewis); Artimis Fowl (Coffin); Eragon (Paolini); and, His Dark Materials (Pullman)
Bibliography of Works by Piers Anthony (w8c.html)
Student project: (Aug 98) Loreen Schallon serves up an interesting web site on Time Travel. Lots of good links, too.
(film, theater, dance, art, music, classic literature, poetry)
Read, view, or listen to:
• any classic literature and it's recent adaptation to film such as Pride and Prejudice, The Importance of Being Ernest, Gosford Park, Sense and Sensibility or Emma or The Crucible; or, Shakespeare in Love (movie), or any recent Shakespeare film/play such as the movie The Merchant of Venice (2005), Hamlet (2000) or "O" (Othello released Aug. 01)
• any multimedia item of the art world such as an Internet site or videodisc of an art collection; or, a book about an artist poular with teens such as: Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan. Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop (204)
• any play / film adaptation of a play teens should know, such as The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
any book of poetry aimed at teens or a poet that teens have adopted.
any concert or video concert of a group teens know or should know
Top Ten on radio or most popular on MTV (listen to one hour)
Classical literature: See: Marjorie Lewis: Outstanding Books for the College Bound. Chicago: American Library Association, 1996.
Humor (including TV such as Comedy Central, South Park, The Simpsons, The Tom Green Show)
Music in the Teen World (Alternative, R & B, Rock, Rap, Light Rock, Country, Techno, Grunge)
Resources (w9 culture.html) (Being replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia
Objective: To help budding professionals discover the wide variety of resources and programming strategies to promote inclusion in the modern American experience.
Hesse, Karen. Witness. Scholastic, 2001. A small Vermont town finds itself under siege by the Ku Klux Klan.
Jeanne Wakastsuki Houston and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar. (younger readers); or: David Guterson: Snow Falling on Cedars (older readers) (movie out now in video); or, Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Bat 6: A Novel. (Scholastic, 1999) (for grades 5-7); or, Gold, Alison Leslie. A Special Fate: Chiune Sugihara: Hero of the Holocaust. (Scholastic, 2000); Nye, Namomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East. (2002)
any book for teens set in the culture of your own heritage
any book for teens set in a culture other than your own heritage
* See the movie Crash the night before the last class.
Resources (w10 multiculture.html) (Beiong replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
Multiculturalism or division by culture?
Must we divide by race?
Programming and educational experiences to promote multiculturalism
(Best sellers, Expose', Westerns, Romance, Mysteries, Espionage, Horror, Crime, Public Figures and Celebrities)
Brown, Dan. The Da Vinci Code and see the movie
Any other book on the bestseller list, fact or fiction, hardback or paperback:
New York Times
• A blockbuster film of the Summer
Adults - Professional Reading
What are bestsellers, anyway?
Media hype in the world of pop adult fare
(War, Environment, Politics, Post modernism, Cultural Conflict, Values or Lack Thereof, Deconstructionism)
any nonfiction adult book of interest to teens (See the Alex Awards done by YALSA for recommendations)
Topics: Is there anything of redeeming value in today's adult world for young adults?
Resources (w12 adultnonfiction.html) (being replaced by YA Literature and Multimedia wiki)
Peruse and bring to class any title or photocopied sample of a significant reference work of use to teens (see "Youth Services Recommended Reference Sources Compiled by the Youth Services Reference Evaluation Committee of the Suburban Library System, Burr Ridge, Illinois" published in JOYS, Spring, 1996)
Peruse at least one Internet reference site or CD-ROM reference title that teens would use for reference.
• check out Blanche Woolls reference column for The Gale Group at http://reviews.gale.com/index.php/reference-for-students/2006/04/>http://reviews.gale.com/index.php/reference-for-students/2006/04/
The world of reference information for teens
Being alert to authority, accuracy, and currency
Resources (w13 reference.html) (Being replaced by the wiki: YA Literature and Multimedia)
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