YA Lit 101 is based on the Young Adult Literature elective Sarah created and teaches.  Cindy and Sarah created this course so teachers can read and discuss YA, try new genres, and find ways to incorporate it in their curriculum.


Together we’ll be reading and discussing books from five different genres.  You’ll have three different books to choose from within each genre and a set amount of time to read the book of your choice before the discussion.  If you’ve already read the books, feel free to join the discussion or use this as an opportunity to reread a book.  


If you were part of Sarah’s high school class, you’d be required to produce a final project and presentation in place of a final exam. You’d choose from a list of projects which would invariably require you to read additional YA titles of your choosing.


But you’re not a student in Sarah’s high school class.


While you’re not required to do anything that is shared here, we extend the invitation to read, to discuss, to create, and to share here as a way to experience this course. It’s not the same as the student experience, but hopefully it will allow you the chance to experiment and brainstorm and consider creating similar opportunities for your students.



sarah and cindy cat reading

Sarah (left) is a high school English teacher at Clio High School. She loves reading YA and sharing it with her students. She’s been blogging about books and teaching for three years at YA Love.

Cindy (right) is a high school English teacher at Upper Dauphin Area High School. She lives among piles of books at home and at school and lives for the opportunity to talk books with anyone. She co-facillitates Nerdy Book Club with Donalyn Miller and Colby Sharp and blogs on her own at Charting by the Stars.


2 Responses to About

  1. Terry says:

    I just wanted to say thank you SO MUCH for this experience! I really enjoyed getting to hear about new books/authors and hear from other teachers how the books work with “real” kids 🙂 I really appreciate all the work you did setting this up! Thanks and hugs to all the responders/posters, too!

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