Young Adult Literature

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Lesson Plans


Sharon Draper Lesson Plans
Grade 6 – 12 
Lesson Plans for Sharon Draper’s books


Richard Peck Lesson Plans
Grade 6-12


For further lesson plans on children’s and young adult literature, see the resources below.  

Grades K-2
A Journal for Corduroy: Responding to Literature 
This lesson provides a model of reflection for students as they listen to stories, begin to read stories, and develop their own written stories.

Use Literature to Teach Tolerance 
Students will listen as teachers read aloud, join in a discussion about each book and write a paragraph each day to tell how that day's book taught the importance of tolerance.

Grades 1-3
Vocabulary, sequencing, comprehension, and writing: these pages are ready to print and use. 

How to Write a Children’s Book 
Providing them with pertinent background information, activities involving the characters and the plot and an opportunity to share their opinions about the book are all methods for enhancing a child's experience.

Yarns, Whoppers and Tall Tales 
The following lessons will introduce students to characteristics of tall tales and help them develop an appreciation of this genre of American fiction. They will practice writing summaries from information they have gathered and organized. They will plan and write their own tall tales.

Grades 3-6
Five activities including descriptive writing, character analysis, the reading skill of predicting, and a poetry assignment. 

Grades 3-5
Cinderella Folk Tales: Variations in Plot and Setting 
Students write a narrative—a Cinderella variation—with a plot appropriate to the genre and an original setting.

Grades 3-8
Folktale Writing 
Students write their own folktales with help from a well-known author of children's books.

Grades 4-6
Harry Potter Haiku 
If you are a teacher who is looking for a fun -- and educational -- activity, why not turn students' enthusiasm for all things Harry Potter into a creative writing opportunity?

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 
A variety of activities to support the novel.

I Never Knew That 
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem discover that their seemingly “feeble” father has an astonishing ability with a rifle.  For this assignment, writers will compose a letter to a parent or loved one, asking for a return letter that will reveal something they do not already know about that person.  After reading their individual letters, the students will write a narrative, showing what they thought they knew about their subject and how the new information changes their perception of the parent. 

Grades 4-7
Writing Prompts for A Wrinkle in Time 
Try these writing prompts and word scrambles for easy-to-prepare teacher worksheets to coordinate with A Wrinkle in Time lesson plans.

Grades 4-8
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer 
This creative writing unit can be provided to students to guide them through their reading of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and to inspire them to use their own experiences to launch a creative writing project.

Grade 5
Alice in Wonderland 
Have students rewrite the story of Alice giving it a modern twist. Have them use words and expressions that are commonly used today. 

Grades 6-8
Young Adult Literature about the Middle East: A Cultural Response Perspective 
Adapted from Sheryl L. Finkle and Tamara J. Lilly’s Middle Ground: Exploring Selected Literature from and about the Middle East, this variation on traditional literature circles exposes students to a variety of young adult fiction from and about the Middle East. Students read and share research and responses in collaborative groups. At the end of the lesson, they write a letter to welcome an immigrant student to their school and community.

The Hobbit Lesson Plan 
This unit has been designed to develop students' reading, writing, thinking, and language skills through exercises and activities related to The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien. It includes twenty lessons, supported by extra resource materials.

Grades 6-12
Huckleberry Finn Persuasive Writing Assignment 
This handout details the requirements for a paper answering the question Should The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn be taught in public schools? MS-Word or compatible application is required for access. 

Grade 7-9
Anne Frank and the Holocaust 
The lesson ideas at this page emphasize writing. Scroll down for a useful table connecting specific passaes in the text with corresponding literacy activities. 

Grades 9-11
Journalism Reporting for "The Outsiders" by S.E. Hinton 
This exercise is used to introduce journalism writing to student through their observation of the events within the novel. The exercise is also effective in checking for reading comprehension on the part of the student

Grades 9-12
Joining the Conversation about Young Adult Literature 
In this lesson, students create a persuasive case calling for the adoption of a particular young adult literature title into their school's language arts curriculum.

Connecting with Young Adult Authors through Writing 
This activity guides teens in reaching out to authors of books they love by composing personal letters or connecting to authors through their websites or blogs.

Fairy Tales 
Students will: 
Learn about story structure. 
Compare and contrast the structural features of different texts in the same genre and across genres. 
Write comparison/contrast essays. 
Activate prior knowledge and revise based on new information. 
Practice reading critically. 
Practice narrative writing. 
Practice summary writing. 
Practice oral presentation.

Grade 12
The Catcher in the Rye Unit Plan 
This 30-page document contains a 4-6 week unit plan rich with activities and writing. 

Grades K-12
Up-to-Date Aesop 
Encourage students to rewrite one of Aesop's fables using modern language in a modern setting.