Feb 02, 2023  
2023 January Term Course Catalog 
2023 January Term Course Catalog
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JAN 111 - Reading and Writing Young Adult Literature

Upper division
Full credit
MTuThF, 12:00 PM - 2:35 PM

Welcome to Reading and Writing Young Adult Literature. Over the next four weeks, we will read a small sample of a large, ever-expanding body of work. With the exception of M.T. Anderson’s Feed, all of the books on our syllabus were published within the last 10 years. They include science fiction, fantasy, realistic fiction, and nonfiction. Together they provide a glimpse into a vibrant, diverse genre. 
This is a class about writing as well as reading. Our discussions will focus as much as possible on the writing-techniques, style, devices-in these books rather than on typical English-class questions. You will not have to write a paper on the theme of violence in Tochi Onyebuchi’s Beasts Made of Night, or compare and contrast that book with M.T. Anderson’s science fiction novel, Feed. But you will be asked to pay attention to Onyebuchi’s and Anderson’s writing choices, how they put words together to create characters, how they structure events to create engaging plots; how, in short, they make their writing compelling and believable. 

Each class will consist of a mix of brief (10 to 20-minute) lectures or lessons, in-class writing time, small-group discussion and constructive peer writing critique, quizzes, student presentations, and class discussion. If taught online, the course will be nearly 100% synchronous.

Core Designation: Creative Practice

Instructor(s): Deborah Davis
Email:  dld7@stmarys-ca.edu

Prerequisites & Notes
Prerequisites:  ENG 4 and ENG 5/108 or permission of instructor
Course Fee:  30

Credits: 1

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