Sunday, June 4, 2017

NCTE Reads 2017: Jennifer Buehler's Teaching Reading with YA Literature

This summer, I have decided to join NCTE in reading Jennifer Buehler's Teaching Reading with YA Literature: Complex Texts, Complex Lives. All NCTE members are able to participate in a month-long discussion via a private Facebook group; where they'll have the chance to discuss ideas from the book, ask questions of the author, and create new resources together. 

Today’s YA lit provides books that speak to the world of teens, even as they draw them out into the larger world. In the book, Buehler argues that we have to do more than put YA titles in front of students and teach these books as we’ve traditionally taught more canonical (authorized; recognized; accepted) works. Instead, we can implement a YA pedagogy—one that revolves around student motivation while upholding the goals of rigor and complexity. Buehler explores the three core elements of a YA pedagogy with proven success in practice

  1. a classroom that cultivates reading community
  2. a teacher who serves as book matchmaker and guide
  3. tasks that foster complexity, agency, and autonomy in teen readers

This book study will help us all learn how. Download Chapter 1 to get a taste of the book:

What would a young adult literature pedagogy look like? This is the question Jennifer Buehler explores in her book Teaching Reading with YA Literature. Watch the following video, Teaching Reading with YA Literature, with Principles in Practice editor Cathy Fleischer interviewing Jennifer Buehler along with award-winning authors Matt de la Peña and A.S. King. 

The book study kick offs, today June 4th. Throughout the month participants will “Talk It, Make It, and Take It” Each week there will be a question for the group to talk about (talk it), a collective resource for the group to make (make it), and free resources from NCTE for participants to take (take it). I will be sharing chapter synopsis, resources, and my responses here on this blog throughout the month.

Week One:
Chapter 1 Reading with Passion and Purpose
Chapter 2 Young Adult Literature and Text Complexity

Week Two:
Chapter 3 YA Pedagogy Element 1: Classroom Community
Chapter 4 YA Pedagogy Element 2: Teacher as Matchmaker

Week Three:
Chapter 5 YA Pedagogy Element 3: Tasks That Promote Complexity, Agency, and Autonomy
Chapter 6 New Approaches to Assessment in YA Pedagogy

Week 4:
Chapter 7 Being Proactive: Helping Others Understand YA Lit and YA Pedagogy

Linking up with It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is hosted by Jen Vincent @ Teach Mentor Texts


  1. Is it too late to join in? How do I access?

  2. Karen D. I believe sign up is still open as we just begun this Sunday! The following link is a google document from to fill out to get connected with NCTE Reads

    Please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with!

    a latte of blessings & sparkles, Jeanie

  3. It looks like you have quite the reading plan for your summer. I've got a few goals I have to get back to, but I also need to have space for serendipitous reading, or it gets to feel like work.
    Have a great week!

  4. Cheriee, no worries. I have plenty to read for enjoyment as well. I try to do so year round, to prevent anything to feel like work! Thank you for stopping by.

    ☕️ a latte of blessings & sparkles, Jeanie


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