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Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 22: YA Books + Readers


Drawing a Dialogue, Episode 22: YA Books + Readers

Cathy G. Johnson

Artwork by e jackson.

Artwork by e jackson.

Drawing a Dialogue is a podcast discussing comics in historical + educational contexts by Cathy G. Johnson + e remus jackson.

Episode 22: Cathy + e talk about Young Adult (YA) books + readers! e starts out by sharing the history of the YA genre, how books began to be marketed to an adolescent audience, + who is actually reading them. Cathy then talks about young adults in classrooms, including reading habits, new technologies + how comics can be used to teach a broader understanding of literacy.

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Episode Links:

  • From Romance to Realism, Michael Cart, 1996, HarperCollins

  • “Institutionalizing The Outsiders: YA Literature, Social Class, and the American Faith in Education,” Eric L. Tribunella, 2007 - Link

  • Go Ask Alice Wikipedia page - Wiki

  • Critical Foundations in Young Adult Literature, Antero Garcia, 2013 - Link

  • “Middle Grade Storytelling Goes Graphic,” Brigid Alverson, 2018 - Publishers Weekly

  • Twenge, J. M., Martin, G. N., & Spitzberg, B. H. (2018, August 16). Trends in U.S. Adolescents’ Media Use, 1976–2016: The Rise of Digital Media, the Decline of TV, and the (Near) Demise of Print. Psychology of Popular Media Culture - Link

  • Nippold, M. A., Duthie, J. K., & Larsen, J. (2005). Literacy as a Leisure Activity: Free-Time Preferences of Older Children and Young Adolescents. Language, Speech & Hearing Services in Schools, 36(2), 93–102.

  • Cockroft, C., & Atkinson, C. (2017). “I Just Find It Boring”: Findings from an Affective Adolescent Reading Intervention. Support for Learning32(1), 41–59.

  • Kids + Family Reading Report 2019 - Scholastic

  • Scoring with reading: to engage adolescent African American males in reading, books must reflect their lives, say author Walter Dean Myers, educator Alfred Tatum. (2007). Reading Today, (2), 40.

  • Park, J. Y. (2012). Re-Imaging Reader-Response in Middle and Secondary Schools: Early Adolescent Girls’ Critical and Communal Reader Responses to the Young Adult Novel “Speak.” Children’s Literature in Education43(3), 191–212.

  • Ivey, G. (2014). The Social Side of Engaged Reading for Young Adolescents. Reading Teacher68(3), 165–171.

  • Kendall, A. (2008). Playing and resisting: rethinking young people’s reading cultures. Literacy42(3), 123–130.

  • Alvermann, D. E., Hagood, M. C., Heron-Hruby, A., Hughes, P., Williams, K. B., & Yoon, J.-C. (2007). Telling Themselves Who They Are: What One Out-of-School Time Study Revealed about Underachieving Readers. Reading Psychology28(1), 31–50.

  • Carter, J. B. (2011). Graphic Novels, Web Comics, and Creator Blogs: Examining Product and Process. Theory Into Practice50(3), 190–197.

  • Teaching multimodal literacy through reading and writing graphic novels, MP Cook, JSJ Kirchoff, Language and Literacy 19 (4), 76-95, 2017

  • Moni, K. B., & Jobling, A. (2001). Reading-related Literacy Learning of Young Adults with Down Syndrome: findings from a three year teaching and research program. International Journal of Disability, Development & Education48(4), 377–394.

  • Rogers, M. F., & Myles, B. S. (2001). Using Social Stories and Comic Strip Conversations To Interpret Social Situations for an Adolescent with Asperger Syndrome. Intervention in School and Clinic36(5), 310–13.

  • Kilickaya, F., & Krajka, J. (2012). Can the Use of Web-Based Comic Strip Creation Tool Facilitate EFL Learners’ Grammar and Sentence Writing? British Journal of Educational Technology43(6), 161–165.

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