Reflection: Trust and Respect Collaborative Booktalk: Sharing and Writing Development - Section 3: Explanation Of Graphic Organizer and Task


An article in the Wall Street Journal mentioned that young adult books and themes are too dark. This idea spurned the writing students do during this lesson. Eighth grade can be such a tough group to find novels for. Some novels at their age level can be juvenile. On the flip side, books in the teen section can be for mature readers. It's hard to know exactly how comfortable a student is with certain topics.

It seems that many times, people make vast assumptions and sweeping generalizations about our students. I ignore those when I know they are false but a statement like this I felt was one that I wanted to discuss with my students. They know themselves best and they know what they read. Are the books they read too dark for them? A lesson like this helps them to think about that concept but also has them think about their own level as readers.

This lesson also helps to gauge the maturity of an entire class to see if they are ready to read books that deal with certain topics that may be deemed to dark or inappropriate for their age group. While I will never suggest a book that I know is beyond the understanding and maturity level of most students their age, I have no problem if a student picks up certain books on their own.


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Collaborative Booktalk: Sharing and Writing Development

Unit 10: Independent Reading
Lesson 9 of 10

Objective: SWBAT use textual evidence to create booktalks and create an argumentative writing piece.

Big Idea: Are dark themes in young adult novels harmful or helpful to teens?

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