2013 Student Research Conference:
26th Annual Student Research Conference

Exploring Student Reactions to Young Adult Literature Versus Canonical Texts
Daniel Tebeau♦
Rebecca Dierking, Faculty Mentor

Much debate surrounds the use of both young adult literature and classic canonical literature in the English classroom. Through my research, I explored the use of both of these forms of literature and the influence that they have on student engagement. I was interested in the students reactions to the texts before reading, during reading, and after reading; by posing questions to students during various points of the reading, as well as observing their discussions and work related to the literature, I discerned levels of student engagement throughout the reading. Ultimately, I uncovered what makes texts appealing to students and how they perceive texts based on the audience for which those texts were written, whether they be young adult texts or classic pieces of literature.

Keywords: Young Adult Literature, Classic Literature


Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 306-5
Location: MG 2090
Time: 2:20

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