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Bonomo, Joe, 1966-

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B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)

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Department of English


With the recent debate in Common Core Standards, American teachers, students, and parents have argued over what should be taught in public classrooms. English classroom Common Core Standards focus on the students' reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Some believe that students should only read "classic literature" to develop skills in these four areas. However, I believe that Young Adult Literature (YAL) has the same literary merit as classic literature, and should be integrated into middle school and high school curricula. The first half of the paper argues all of the reasons why YAL has merit, and the second half is a lesson plan for the novel Perks of Being a Wallflower. This includes important passages and homework suggestions. At the end, I give other YAL suggestions for other subjects in school, as well as for other grades.

Cady Wakitsch 2016.pdf (329 kB)
Cady Wakitsch 2016.pdf

Young Adult Literature in the Classroom.docx (57 kB)
Young Adult Literature in the Classroom.docx


35 pages




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