The great news about today's young adult literature boom is that teens are not just reading, they are reading insatiably. Using Vocabulary.com, teachers can turn the reading students are already doing into academic gains.
A generation that cut its teeth on the Harry Potter series broke all kinds of records with Twilight, creating a market for big, plot driven series like Suzanne Collins' The Hunger Games and Veronica Roth's Divergent, as well as character-driven page turners like John Green's The Fault in Our Stars.
Not surprisingly, this generation was raised on the self-selected reading model, taught from their earliest elementary school years to seek out books that are "just right" for them from reading level and subject matter perspectives.
Teachers can support self-selected reading in literature classes by following a model developed by exemplary educator Dorene Jorgenson from Midlothian, VA. Jorgenson uses class time to teach reading strategies, administers a monthly reading comprehension test, and assigns Vocabulary.com list learning based on the book the student is reading.
How to get started?
As your students select their next independent read, have them search for the author or title they're interested in using the Vocabulary.com list library. If a student doesn't see a list they're looking for, they can make their own using the Vocabulary.com VocabGrabber. Or if there are books you would like us to make lists for, you can submit your requests here.
Here are some of the most popular YA lists on Vocabulary.com now, reflecting best sellers and classics students are still reading.
- Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
- Julia Alvarez, In the Time of Butterflies
- Laurie Halse Anderson, Speak, Fever 1793, Chains
- M.T. Anderson, Feed, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation (Volume 1)
- Jay Asher, Thirteen Reasons Why
- Natalie Babbitt, Tuck Everlasting
- Edward Bloor, Tangerine
- Orson Scott Card, Ender's Game
- Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
- Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
- Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising
- James Dashner, The Maze Runner
- Sharon Draper, Copper Sun, Tears of a Tiger
- Kathryn Erskine, Mockingbird
- Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt
- John Green, The Fault in Our Stars, Looking for Alaska, Paper Towns
- Nikki Grimes, Bronx Masquerade
- Carl Hiassen, Flush
- S.E. Hinton, The Outsiders
- Robert Lipsyte, The Contender
- Lois Lowry, The Giver, Number the Stars, Gathering Blue
- Stephenie Meyer, Twilight
- Walter Dean Myers, Fallen Angels, Slam!
- G. Neri, Yummy
- R. J. Palacio, Wonder
- Gary Paulsen, Hatchet, The Voyage of the Frog
- Susan Beth Pfeffer, Life as We Knew It, The Dead and the Gone
- Ernesto Quinonez, Bodega Dreams
- Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game
- Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now
- Veronica Roth, Divergent
- Louis Sachar, Holes, Small Steps
- Eliot Shrefer, Endangered
- Jacqueline Woodson, Brown Girl Dreaming
- Gene Luen Yang, American Born Chinese
- Jane Yolen, The Devil's Arithmetic
- Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala
- Marcus Zusak, The Book Thief, I am the Messenger
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