YAL - Young Adult Literature Presenter Unit 2014/2015




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The Time Machine
By H. G. Wells


By Beverly Rowls


YAL Presenter Unit 2014/2015

Subjects: English
Grade Level: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Posted: 2014, CCSS, Common Core State Standards
Unit Created by: Beverly Rowls

What makes this a good YAL choice...

The Time Machine — This is not a young adult novel. Instead, it is a classic of Western literature. It was the original text that dealt with the concept of time travel and, as such, has proven to have influenced numerous authors since its first publication. While this novel does not fit any of the criteria for a young adult novel, young adults need to meet some of the works of Western literature as they move through their studies; why not this one? The complexity of the text and vocabulary make this novel one that is a perfect teaching tool to support teens as they grapple with complex text.


Voices — This novel is the second book of a trilogy. It meets the criteria for a young adult novel: the main protagonist is a young woman, the product of the pillage, rape and destruction of her village and tribe. Her life has been difficult but she is able to overcome many of these trials by learning to read; a capital offense in the world where she lives. It deals with many of the issues modern youth feel they must endure and overcome on their path to adulthood. For these reasons, this is a good young adult novel.— Beverly Rowls


YAL Conference Workshop Description

Exploring Other Worlds and Times: Using Science Fiction to Address the Common Core State Standards (PAIRED BOOKS: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells and Voices by Ursula K. Le Guin)
Beverly Rowls, Presenters

Let’s be honest. Too many students entering high school are not ready for high school level reading material. In this workshop we will examine how to use Lexile Levels, identify and teach academic vocabulary and integrate science fiction into any content subject. Teachers will receive a variety of tools to assist them in teaching more complex text. The diversity of science fiction makes it the perfect medium for meeting the needs of everything students will need to learn as they prepare for life. — Workshop Description for YAL 2014


Exploring Other Worlds and Times Handout

Eploring Other Worlds and Times Power Point