January 13, 2011- Topic- Special Needs

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman
Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon
Inside Out by Barry Eisler

January 20, 2011 Topic- Bullying
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Michaelsen
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

January 27, 2011 Topic- Overweight/Unattractive
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
Perfect by Natasha Friend
Push by Sapphire

February 3, 2011- Topic- Minority
Smoke Signals by
Payback by Paul Langan

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Rooftop by Paul Volponi

February 10, 2011 Topic- Multicultural

I, Rigoberto Menchu:An Indian Woman in Guatemala edited by Elizabeth Burgos-DeBray

Tree Girl by Ben Michaelson

We Speak as One edited by Arthur Zajonc

Stones into Schools by Greg Mortenson

Kiterunner by Khaled Hosseini

Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Mutant Message Down Under by Marlo Morgan

February 17, 2011 Topic-Child Abuse

Stitches by David Small

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Child Called It by David Pelzer

Couldn’t Keep It to Myself:Wally Lamb and the Women of York Correctional Institution edited by Wally Lamb

February 24, 2011 Topic- Homelessness

Bud not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis

Feral by Bev Cooke

Streetchild: An Unpaved Passage by Justin Reed Early

March 3, 2011 Topic-Homosexuality

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan

My Heart Beat by garret freyman-weyr

Suicide Notes by Michael Ford

Boy, Girl, boy by Ron Koertge

Talk by Kathy Kuja

Absolute Brightness by James Lecesne

the perks of being a wallflower by stephen chbosky

March 10, 2011 Topic-Addictions

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins

Suicide Notes by Michael Thomas Ford

Cut by Patricia McCormick

March 17, 2011 Topic-teen pregnancy

Dancing Naked by Shelley Hrdlitschka

November Blues by Sharon M. Draper

March 24, 2011 Student Choice

Choose a young adult novel that addresses a topic not discussed so far in this class or that covers the topic you have chosen for your research paper. A great resource for good books is your young adult librarians at your public library or your media specialists at your schools. They know what books are popular with teens.

March 31, 2011 Novels about a teacher of literature

Freedom Writer’s Diary: Their story, Their Words by The Freedom Writers with Erin Gruwell

(Other books on writing teachers)

April 7, 2011 Topic-Short Stories

International Short Stories about Youth edited by Anne Mazer

April 14, 2011 Topic-Pop Culture

We will take a look at the various messages directed at teens in advertisements, commercials, television shows, movies and music and create a found poem.

April 21, 2011 Final Papers Due- Ten minute presentation of research


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