Young Adult (YA) Book # 1 Discussions

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Candidates will then submit an individually and independently written one-page, single-spaced document.  This document is NOT from the group, rather, it is individually and independently written.
Please include:
a) concise book synopsis,
b) description/ highlights from YA book discussion group, and
c) textual connections and relevance to practice (The below questions will help to guide this response.) 
  • In what ways does this book focus on (or fail to focus on) significant issues that adolescents are likely to see as relevant?
  • To what extent is the narrator or protagonist someone with whom adolescents might connect, even if, in our classes, he or she may differ from them in significant ways (e.g., race, class, gender, background)?
  • Is this book that you imagine adolescents would choose to read?  Why or why not?
  • Is this a book that you imagine adolescents would want to talk about with one another?  Why or why not?

 
BOOK DISCUSSION RUBRIC (YA LIT) for each of 3 discussions
 
Target (5 pts)
Acceptable (4 pts)
Unacceptable (0-3 pts)
Book Synopsis
One paragraph book review concisely highlights major characters/ individuals, conflicts, and/or themes of the text.
Book review highlights major characters/ individuals, conflicts, and/or themes of the text. Minor points of confusion arise.
Book review is overly long (half page or more), or fails to clearly describe key characters/ individuals, conflicts, or themes from the book.
Book Discussion Summary
Explicit summary of highlights from book discussion. Clear examples from individuals included. 
Summary of highlights from book discussion. Few examples from individuals included. 
Minimal highlights or examples from book discussion group.  
Connections to Practice
Clear, well-developed discussion of textual connections and relevance (theme, content, characters) to practice
Clear, well-developed discussion of textual connections and relevance (theme, content, characters) to practice
Poorly developed discussion of textual connections and relevance (theme, content, characters) to practice, or discussion is missing
Total (3 @ 15 = 45 points)
 


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