How Teachers Are Using YA Literature in Classrooms
Guest Post by L.A. Miller
“Adolescents deserve access to a wide variety of material they can and want to read,” states the International Reading Association’s Adolescent Literacy Commission. The more relevant and engaging the book, the more likely the person will read it—whether that person is an adult or a kid.
Mr. Miller’s Quests of Shadowind is the story of a group of teens who are abducted to an alien world called Shadowind, which is inhabited by ghostly creatures, cyborg animals, and virtual humans—a land where anything is possible, including being downloaded into a cryptic, evil role-playing game. In order to survive, the youths band together as they search for a way back home.
Thus there is an increasing trend to incorporate young adult books and other forms of literature across middle and high school curricula, Education.com states. By allowing adolescents to read good young-adult literature, educators are able to encourage independent reading, which will, in turn, help adolescents develop the skills necessary to succeed.
* Help students become emotionally involved with events and people
* Aid students in understanding the world around them
* Provide lessons and insights kids can readily relate to
* Provide a shared experience for teachers and their students
“The main goal is to keep children reading, and the young adult genre is the answer,” says Mr. Miller. “YA novels can be easily incorporated into classrooms through book clubs and supplemental reading lists. This way teens will have more choices and greater desires to read and develop literary awareness.”
L.A. Miller has been writing for more than forty years. His backgrounds in science fiction, astronomy, technology, and classic literature inform his work, which has included novels, short stories and music. He is the owner of Wood n Nails Music and lives in Las Cruces, New Mexico, with his wife and two dogs. He is the author of the Quests of Shadowind series, which includes “Sky Shifter,” “The Grounding Stone,” and “Veil.”