Teaching Tweens and Teens
Resources for Reaching and Teaching Adolescent Readers and Writers
Book Lists and Websites for Finding and Recommending The Right Book For Every Student:

Looking for a good book, but not sure what to read next? Check out www.booktrailersforreaders.com watch book trailers (just like movie trailers) and find great new reads. This website spotlights books for kids and teens, features student-made book trailers, and even has a link "How To Make Your Own Book Trailer"

This website has tons of book lists for the hard to please reader, including: Books for Boys, Books for Girls, Books for Reluctant Readers, Classic Tales Retold, Fantasy Books, Books Featuring Animals, New Releases, and more... http://www.fromthemixedupfiles.com/book-lists/

The American Library Association YALSA booklists. This is an outstanding source of books for adolescent readers. Lists of books for college bound, reluctant readers, and best books are published each year. You can download current and past years’ lists. http://www.ala.org/ala/yalsa/yalsa.htm

The Reading Room. This is a comprehensive resource with lists of books and many hyperlinks to other sites including lists of books in English and Spanish. http://www.sldirectory.com/libsf/booksf/kidsbooks.html

Teen Reads. This is an excellent website with reviews of books written for adolescents. In addition to reviews of recently published books, online events and author bios are available. http://www.teenreads.com/

Favorite Teen Angst Books. This is just the title suggests—a list of good books about edgy issues. http://www.grouchy.com/angst/reviews.html

University of Iowa Curriculum Lab Bibliographies. These include lists of picture books and books for older readers on instructional topics, themes, and curricular areas. http://www.education.uiowa.edu/crl/bibliographies/index.html

A list of “Award-Winning Books for Tweens and Teens”. Many organizations end the year with a "best of" list of young adult books. Here are links to those lists and other annual awards we like, including picks from The New York Times, the International Reading Association, and the Newbery Medal and Printz Award winners.   http://www.adlit.org/books_authors/award_winning_books_for_tweens_and_teens 

Coretta Scott King Awards Celebrate Forty Years… "Where the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Meet YALSA's Best Books for Young Adults and the Michael L. Printz Award".  http://www.adlit.org/books_authors/coretta_scott_king_booklist

“Jewish Children's Experiences During World War II”… These stories of separation, deprivation, defiance, and bravery help students to understand the horror and magnitude of the Holocaust. These books are an excellent complement to history units on World War II.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c877 

“Those Who Risked Their Lives in WWII”… Read about the underground resistance movement and brave individuals who helped shelter Jews, from the perspectives of both the rescuers and the survivors. These books are an excellent complement to history units on World War II.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c878 

“The Concentration Camps”… Memoir, biography, historical fiction, photo essays, as well as, poems and art work, tell the stories of concentration camp victims and survivors. These books make an excellent complement to history units on World War II.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c879 

“WWII Soldiers' Stories”… Books in this list — both fiction and non-fiction — present personal stories of soldiers who fought on both sides of World War II. These books are an excellent complement to history units on World War II.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c880

“The Japanese, Japanese-American, and American Perspectives”… Titles in this list feature a range of home-front perspectives on World War II. Learn about the internment of Japanese-American citizens, the impact of the bombing of Pearl Harbor on residents, and how families worried about relatives in Europe and coped with the absence of so many men, who were off fighting the war. These books help students develop background knowledge on the era and are an excellent complement to history units on World War II.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c883 

“Non-Fiction for Teens”… Some teens just aren't interested in reading novels, but do enjoy learning new facts, skills and even trivia from non-fiction titles, including biographies, histories, titles about sports or science, even how-to books.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c817 

“Biographies”… Biographies are on lots of school booklists, but they can also be popular leisure reading choices for teens. They often feature real-life characters who have overcome adversity—a theme teens are drawn to again and again. This list features biographies of the famous, infamous, and not-so-famous!   http://www.adlit.org/books/c784 

“Novels in Verse”… In the past several years, a new format of novel has grown in popularity — the novel in verse. Largely for the tween and young teen audience, the plots can be as varied as prose. Here are some of the best from the last few years.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c812 

“Poetry”… Since 1996, April has been National Poetry Month. Here are some books that will serve as great poetry starting points. For more ideas, see the National Poetry Month website. And for your once a week taste of poetry, don't forget Poetry Friday.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c831 

“Press Play”… Do you know a teen who'd rather crank the tunes than crack a book? Try tempting them with one of the music-themed titles below.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c830 

“Short Stories”… These short stories have plenty of intrigue to keep students engaged and teachers can use them to teach literary devices including plot, characterization, foreshadowing, and irony. In addition, these stories have content that will provide for rich discussion about society, morals, ethics, and values.   http://www.adlit.org/books/c854 



Annotated Bibliographies For Choosing & Recommending Books:

Your Reading: An Annotated Booklist for Middle School and Junior High, 11th Edition. 
Editor(s): Jean E. Brown, Elaine C. Stephens. Organized around the theme of challenges, the eleventh edition of Your Reading: An Annotated Booklist for Middle School and Junior High offers annotations of more than 1,200 books for young adults.

Books for You: An Annotated Booklist for Senior High, 14th Edition.
Editor(s): Kylene Beers, Teri Lesesne. Beginning with a history of young adult literature, this edition of Books for You offers high school students, teachers, and librarians a comprehensive annotated list of more than a thousand books. Thematically arranged chapters allow readers to explore topics through brief entries that include bibliographic information and informative summaries.

Great Films and How to Teach Them
Author(s): William V. Costanzo. Recognizing that the growing worldwide interest in film presents exciting teaching opportunities, Costanzo offers high school and college teachers a relevant way to engage their students through a medium that students know and love. The author combines developments in pedagogy with many aspects of film study—film scholarship, the nature of movies themselves, significant changes in the movie industry, film technology, American culture, globalization, and the connection with literary texts.



Additional Articles, Videos & Podcasts:

Kaster, W. C., & Wilfong, L. G. (2005). Encouraging Independent Reading With Ambience: The Book Bistro in Middle and Secondary School Classes. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy, 48(8), 856–864.

Kelley, Michelle J. & Clausen-Grace, Nicki (2009). Facilitating Engagement by Differentiating Independent Reading. Reading Teacher, 63(4), 313-318.

In this two-minute Quick Take video, Katie Doherty explains the choices students have in her sixth-grade reading workshop.

In this podcast, Franki Sibberson chats with Cris Tovani about using a reading workshop model with high school students. Cris has a new book on assessment from Stenhouse Publishers.

Using Comprehension Strategies... Students will demonstrate how the Comprehension Strategies can aid in reading one of their content textbooks.

Engaging Students in Reading and Writing With Interactive Whiteboards...Watch the video tutorial below to learn how to create a quick and simple vocabulary activity.

Predictograms Improve Reading Comprehension...This post includes a download of a SMART Board predictogram activity.

Higher Order Comprehension: The Power of Socratic Seminar

​Barry Lane discusses "Why content area teachers need to teach writing."  Watch this quick video.

Nancie Atwell discusses "Why allowing students to choose their own books and topics is fundamental to their success as readers and writers."  Watch this quick video.

Nancie Atwell discusses "...the best preparation for teachers who wish to teach reading and writing workshop-style."  Watch this quick video.

Fluency: Effective Instruction for Middle School Students with Reading Difficulties

An article with everything you need to teach your students about Citing Electronic Sources

Use student learning logs to help students develop an awareness of class goals and reflect on their learning.

​Try this pre-reading activity that allows students use a list of words to activate prior knowledge and make inferences.

Promoting Literacy Across the Curriculum in the Middle Grades

Creating Learner-Centered Middle School Classrooms

Strategies for Managing Middle School Classrooms

Active Participation Strategies (compiled by Juli Kendall)

Writing in the Content Areas: A free book provided by NC DPI for high school. Writers are writers despite their grade level. Therefore, you will find many great writing lesson ideas in this book available online. It's written for high schoolers but could be used with younger students. You can download it as a PDF.

Quick Take: Advice from Katie Doherty on Starting a Middle School Reading Workshop

Ladders and Scaffolds for Tweens and Teens: In this podcast, Teri Lesesne talks about the concept of "reading ladders" for tweens and teens who all different interests and need varied levels of support.

Middle School Classroom Redesign Part 1: Joan Moser and Gail Boushey ("The Sisters") help a middle school teacher replace some of the commercial posters in her classroom with more tween art from students in this time-lapse classroom design video.

What Do Tweens Need?  Adora Svitak suggests we not view their ideas as "childish" - this provocative and inspiring TedTalk video will change your view of that word. Adora is 12 years old, and this nine-minute talk would be a fun way to start a class or staff discussion about tweens.

From the Mixed Up Files - This top-notch blog features news about the latest middle-grade books.

High School Students Take on a Reader's Bill of Rights

Cris Tovani on Reading Workshops with High School Students: In this podcast, Cris Tovani chats about the challenges and joys of a workshop model for teaching reading in high schools.

Middle School Reading Workshop Choices: In this vodcast, Katie Doherty explains the choices students have for reader's workshop in her sixth grade classroom.