Portland Community College | Portland, Oregon

Course Number:
ED 116
Course Title:
Literature for Adolescents and Young Adults
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Course Description

Covers contemporary literature being read by young people of high school age, literature-related audio-visuals, and various specialized reading lists and bibliographies. Includes controversial areas in young adult literature. Audit available.

Addendum to Course Description

Students will read and view a range of fiction, including novels, short stories,

and poetry in a variety of genres. In addition to established genres--realistic

and historical fiction, science fiction, fantasy, mystery, romance and adventure--students read

emerging genres as well: poetry slams, literary slipstream, steampunk, reimagined 

literature and fan faction. 

Literature in various formats are covered: books and periodicals and zines; oral 

folklore; film and video and alternative TV; and interactive digital narratives.

Service learning projects and activities are included in the course.

Attending a group promotional activity, usually Wordslandia (high school

poetry slam) presented by Portland Public Schools and Literary Arts is

part of the course.

Intended Outcomes for the course

  1. Utilize professional resources, including reviews, awards, bibliographies, and blogs, to select and compile literature for young adults of various ages, reading levels and interests.
  2. Present literature both individually and in groups. This will include both face-to-face as well as electronically.
  3. Integrate young adult literature into the secondary school curriculum or promote literature into school and public library programs.

Course Activities and Design

Course content will be delivered through lecture, small and large class discussion,

group reads, student presentations, guest lectures and a community-based


Outcome Assessment Strategies

  1. In order to assess ability to express and convey concepts, students€™ will write a paper linking genre and format to young adult needs and interests.
  2. Students will present literature and linkages in booktalks, webtalks, and individual and group presentations.
  3. Students will create literature groupings for various audiences in bibliographies, filmographies, and webliographies.

Course Content (Themes, Concepts, Issues and Skills)

  1. The coming of age theme in young adult literature
  2. Linking developmental needs and issues with literature
  3. Examining both professional and popular literature resources
  4. Bridging young adult literature into middle and high school units of instruction and curricular standards
  5. Controversies and intellectual freedom concerns, issues and strategies