The great news about today's young adult literature boom is that teens are not just reading, they are reading insatiably. Using, 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 list learning based on the book the student is reading.

Hunger Games vocab list Divergent vocab list The Fault Is In Our Stars vocab list

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 list library. If a student doesn't see a list they're looking for, they can make their own using the 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 now, reflecting best sellers and classics students are still reading.