Using Young-Adult literature to teach about social justice

Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12

On October 17th and 24th, I will be joined by two of my amazing colleagues, Kelly Steiner and Rita Ehlert, to share ways we use Young-Adult literature to teach about social justice.  The titles we will be sharing can provide windows and mirrors, role models and inspiration. They can also be a springboard for promoting empowerment, empathy and compassion. In addition to highlighting several of our favorite titles, we will also share practical strategies that address the following: creating a culture of readers; engaging parents; determining selection criteria; and accessing resources to support intellectual freedom and to fight censorship.

On October 17th, we will discuss more than 25 contemporary Young-Adult titles and share how, through book talks, literature circles, read alouds, and class novel studies, we have used those titles to approach issues of social justice. The titles we share will include a variety of representation and a variety of novel formats. You will have a chance to reflect, ask questions, and consider how you can incorporate some of these titles or resources into your own teaching practice.  Then, our group will meet again on October 24th to share ideas, explore additional titles, and fine-tune our thoughts about determining selection criteria and supporting young readers.

As you can with other TeachingPartners Live Workshops, you can earn a six-hour Certificate of Participation from TeachingPartners for your participation in both Workshop sessions. And, if you add your phone number during registration, TeachingPartners will text you reminders as we get closer to the date.

Jane McMahon

Jane McMahon is an Instructional Coach and Advanced Learner Coordinator for the Baraboo School District in Wisconsin.  Prior to this position, she taught middle and high school language arts for over 20 years and served as the Director of Teaching... Full Bio