• This elective course is designed for students who enjoy reading and desire an opportunity to strengthen their skills in comprehension and literary analysis. Students will study character development, theme, symbolism, conflict, irony, setting, style, and point of view. Young adult novels will be used to increase students’ ability to compare and contrast, and to understand the author’s perspective. Oral and written communication skills will be reinforced. This course does not take the place of any required English course. 

    Students will study young adult literature by genre, such as fantasy, science fiction, historical fiction, etc. We will also study film adaptations of some young adult novels to further our study of genre and reinforce students’ ability to compare and contrast. There will be a variety of graded assignments throughout the class, with at least one test and a culminating creative assignment for each novel. 
    Selected texts: 
    All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven
    Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    Crank by Ellen Hopkins
    Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
    Period 8 by Chris Crutcher
    Independent novel assignment