For our first post: It's useful to begin by thinking about the genre as a genre. YA can overlap with a lot of other genre, but it is also it's own thing. Thinking about YA as a genre will help to shape our conversation for the rest of the semester.
To complete this post: First, read the article that your group was assigned. Once you've read your article, have a short discussion about it in your groups. Remember the prompt:
Based on your article, what makes Young Adult Lit a genre unto itself? What are the notable characteristics of the genre? Another way to put it is what makes YA Lit "young," "adult," and "literature" all at the same time?
Once you've had that discussion, post below about what you talked about in your group. You are welcome to add things that you think didn't get talked about in your group but need to be said.
Finally, once everyone has posted, I'll ask you to read what your colleagues had to say and to respond to some of them. Do you see connections across the articles? Do you see points in other people's articles that challenge what you read in your own? Does something that someone wrote help you to understand the genre a little bit better?
HOW TO POST
Click on the "comment" button located at either the top right or bottom left of this post. Fill in the form as required and post your 100-200 words in the dialogue box. You might want to compose in another program so nothing gets lost. Once you've finished, click submit.
NOTE: Occasionally, weekly asks you to identify a series of images in order to submit your post. Sometimes a glitch makes it impossible to see the "submit" button. If this happens, let me know. You can email me your post and I will post it on your behalf. When this happens, I contact weekly and they typically fix the problem.