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Young Adult Literature – Introduction to the YAL Category with Guided Notes


An introduction to Young Adult Literature is perfect for any teacher who is starting a young adult novel with their class or preparing students for an independent novel study. Included in this presentation in the definition of YAL, the background and history of the genre, the evolution of the category, elements and common themes, the controversy that surrounds young adult literature, and popular titles/recommendations. A guided notes worksheet is provided.

Example Book Titles:

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Holes by Louis Sachar

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

It’s Kind of a Funny Story Ned Vizzini

Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

If I Stay by Gayle Forman

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Giver by Lois Lowry

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo: Fantasy

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

All American Boys by Brendan Kiely and Jason Reynolds

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

•The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

A Separate Peace by Johnathan Knowles

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins