Young adult literature provides a mirror in which adolescents
can observe themselves and their world with an ease and security
that other kinds of texts fail to provide. It is a logical starting
point for planning middle school learning experiences across the
curriculum, but one that, up until now, has never fully been
Stover's book is designed to help middle school teachers develop
concept-based, transdisciplinary units that reflect what we know
about the value of students working together to construct knowledge
and the value of putting young adult literature at the center of
such a planning process. The author presents a process for planning
transdisciplinary units, a rationale for using young adult
literature, and an overview of teaching strategies that best
reflect the synthesis of this evolving knowledge base.
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