W200 Module 6

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W200 Module 6

  1. 1. by: Valerie Sullivan
  2. 2. Select an article to begin with, then continue clicking the arrows in the lower right corner until you see the blue circle. That will return you to this screen.  Anti-Bullying  Anti-Pregnancy article, click below article, click below When you have ʘ Reducing Recidivism article, click below completed these links, please click here.
  3. 3. Opening Dialogue amidst Conflict: Utilizing Young Adult Literature in the Classroom to Combat Bullying  In this article by Kenan Metzger and Jill Adams, they discuss the need to use pertinent and relatable literature in conjunction with anti-bullying programs to significantly lower the incidences of bullying amongst adolescents.
  4. 4. Bullying is the silent problem in a lot of schools. “It has been estimated that two- thirds of students who were involved in school shootings have reported feeling bullied before their attacks.”  It has become mandatory after the rash of school shootings in middle/high schools in the mid-to-late 1990’s that schools have an anti-bullying program.  These authors have a program that utilizes online resources along with literature, small group discussions, and writing assignments to help the adolescent students relate not only to the bullied but also to the bully.
  5. 5. My Reaction  This article answers some questions about these mandatory anti-bullying programs and their effectiveness. The authors believe that for a program to be worthwhile it need to engage a student in multiple ways and with multiple types of stimuli; technology, writing, reading, discussion, etc.  These points really resonate with me. When I am thinking about a truly vexing issue, I talk to my friends, I journal about it, I blog with my distant friends, and I think a lot about it. ○ For this students, it would teach them not only how to discuss problems with their peers, but also how to empathize with the “bad guy”, which is important when dealing with work/social issues as adults and bullies when in adolescence.
  6. 6. Select an article to begin with, then continue clicking the arrows in the lower right corner until you see the blue circle. That will return you to this screen.  Anti-Bullying  Anti-Pregnancy article, click below article, click below When you have ʘ Reducing Recidivism article, click below completed these links, please click here.
  7. 7. Facts and Fictions: Teen Pregnancy in Young Adult Literature  In this article by Kristen Nichols, she discusses the importance of connection between a teenage mother and a literary character, so that the mother does not feel isolated.
  8. 8. Teen pregnancy is a major problem for many adolescents. “Unfortunately, however, many young adult novels featuring teen pregnancy or parenthood are truly fictional and do not adequately reflect the realities of the situation.”  In this article, the author looks twenty young adult novels that discuss teen pregnancy and the ways that they discuss the issues. She found that most of the literature available for students to connect to rarely gave realistic outcomes, whether the protagonists chose abortion, adoption, or parenting.  The author and I both agree that this is criminal because many adolescents read this literature and connect it to their own experiences. ○ If every ends with a “happily ever after” ending, then adolescents cannot learn about the real-life consequences of pregnancy; no matter which option they choose.
  9. 9. My Reaction  This article truly raises many good points concerning the lack of literature offering the real-life consequences of teen sexual behaviors.  The author goes in-depth to discuss each book’s pros and cons in regards to the protagonists and the plot.
  10. 10. Select an article to begin with, then continue clicking the arrows in the lower right corner until you see the blue circle. That will return you to this screen.  Anti-Bullying  Anti-Pregnancy article, click below article, click below When you have ʘ Reducing Recidivism article, click below completed these links, please click here.
  11. 11. “Art Is Not a Mirror to Reflect Reality, but a Hammer to Shape It”: How the Changing Lives through Literature Program for Juvenile Offenders Uses Young Adult Novels to Guide Troubled Teens  In this article by Russell Greinke, he discusses the Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL) program and its effect on teens in a Midwestern juvenile detention center.
  12. 12. Adolescents in the juvenile justice system struggle with recidivism. “The quantitative evidence from one study of CLTL found a 19% recidivism rate for CLTL graduates versus 45% for a group that did not utilize a comparable reading therapy program.”  The author of this article was hoping to encourage educators to use the lessons learned through the CLTL program to choose appropriate literature to help connect with adolescents on the issues that mean something to them.  For this program, the offending adolescents have been referred to the program by a judge who thought that the program would benefit them. ○ It is a seven week program that has a pre-selected reading list (with nothing but reading and discussions) in which to teach the juveniles about the mistakes they have made in the past, and why those choices should not be made again.  These adolescents go through the program learning more about making decisions, thinking through the consequences, and learning how to make good decisions.
  13. 13. My Reaction  This article really was a great example of good investigative practices, designed to make an impact! I was very impressed with the author’s method of delivering his message with poignant quotes, good excerpts of discussions, and excellent methodology.  I truly believe that this should be the method of choosing all literature for adolescents; deciding based on common issues and problems, rather than because of tradition.
  14. 14. Select an article to begin with, then continue clicking the arrows in the lower right corner until you see the blue circle. That will return you to this screen.  Anti-Bullying  Anti-Pregnancy article, click below article, click below When you have ʘ Reducing Recidivism article, click below completed these links, please click here.
  15. 15. The Common Bond  Each of these articles discuss pertinent issues for adolescents.  Pregnancy  Crime  Bullying  These issues can be looked at in many different ways, but the way that these authors chose to combat these problems for modern adolescents is to use good literature to show the children how to connect to literary characters to learn lessons.  These lessons help the children to learn about their issues, and possible ways to change their lives, be better people, or make better decisions along the way.

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