IS 413 Teen Materials

Evaluation, selection and use of books and other resources for young adults (ages 12-18) in public libraries and school media centers; explores standard selection criteria for print and nonprint materials in all formats and develops the ability to evaluate and promote materials according to their various uses (personal and curricular) and according to young adults' various needs (intellectual, emotional, social and physical).

Learning objectives

  • To identify characteristics and developmental tasks of young adults
  • To identify characteristics of young adult literature and materials
  • To gain an understanding of the history of young adults and of young adult literature
  • To develop an understanding of the processes associated with young adult and adult literacy
  • To become familiar with a range of authors, works, genres, media, and forms of popular culture oriented toward young adults
  • To gain experience in discussing and evaluating young adult literature and resources
  • To become familiar with and gain experience in using a variety of formats to promote literature/resources to young adults
  • To identify and discuss literary trends and social issues, including intellectual freedom, affecting young adult literature and work with young adults in libraries and schools

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Textbooks and Course Materials

Available from the Illinois Union Bookstore (IUB).