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ED500 What's Trending in Young Adult Literature

3 Graduate Credit Hours through Colorado State University - Pueblo

This course is transcripted as (S/U) Graduate Workshop 


Catalog Description

This course is designed to discuss very current topics or trends in the growing genre of young adult fiction. The course will provide plenty of opportunities for book ideas for the classroom, group discussions, and hands-on activities focusing on young adult interests and concerns. These current, well-reviewed books will help participants create new inspiring ideas for the classroom, library, or small reading groups.


Course Objectives

At the end of the course, Participants will be able to:

1) Evaluate quality young adult books and understand how these books can benefit their students with learning and setting new challenges.

2) Apply many new and creative ideas using young adult literature.

3) Understand ways to incorporate these books to develop alternative projects for students with Individual Education Plans.

4) Identify ways to integrate literature across the curriculum with current issues.

5) Research specific qualities of Young Adult Literature for the classroom.

6) Understand ways to motivate student reading.



Learning Management System: Internet access, connection to Canvas learning management system portal.

Choose FOUR young adult novels to read off the list below:

Chaos Theory by Nic Stone

The Words We Keep by Erin Stewart

When We Make It by Elisabet Valasquezk

Indivisible by Daniel Aleman

Your Plantation Prom is Not OK by Kelly McWilliams

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

The Collectors: Stories edited by A.S.King

Shout by Laurie Halse Anderson

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir



Instructor: Tamara Sinkler


What's Trending in Young Adult Literature

  • Once registration with Connected Classroom is complete, you will receive a welcome letter from the instructor within 72 hours with access codes and instructions for the course. If you do NOT hear from the instructor, please email or

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