Document Type

Honors Project

First Advisor

Dr. Alice Trupe

Degree Award Date

Spring 5-1-2021


english, language arts, education, young adult literature, literature, secondary education, middle school, high school, secondary english education


Children's and Young Adult Literature | Secondary Education and Teaching


Most public school libraries or English classrooms celebrate Banned Books Week during the school year, featuring dozens of Young Adult novels that have been challenged or banned in public schools across the country. However, books aimed towards young readers are typically not optimized for educational use in the classroom. In this project, I will explore the benefits of using Young Adult literature in the classroom, while also investigating the obstacles that one might face in order to do so, i.e. censorship, sensitive subject matter. I also want to summarize and respond to an argument for the retainment of classic literature in the classroom over the inclusion of Young Adult literature. Finally, the project will include annotated bibliography entries of selected novels in the Young Adult genre. In these annotations, I will summarize the benefits of using the specific novel in the classroom and the potential obstacles that may arise that might hinder its educational value.

Force Open Access