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Ch 16: MTEL Reading Specialist: Literature for Children & Young Adults

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This chapter on literature for children and young adults is an effective and efficient way to refresh and strengthen your knowledge of the subject going into the MTEL Reading Specialist exam.

MTEL Reading Specialist: Literature for Children and Young Adults - Chapter Summary

This chapter reviews the roles and elements of children's and young adult literature from a teacher's perspective, covering all the subject-relevant topics that you'll want to be familiar with for the MTEL Reading Specialist exam, including:

  • Definition of children's literature
  • Literary elements in children's literature
  • Topics, theme, and place in contemporary young adult fiction
  • Characteristics of young adult literature
  • The role of literature in learning to read

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5 Lessons in Chapter 16: MTEL Reading Specialist: Literature for Children & Young Adults
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What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

1. What is Children's Literature? - History, Themes & Examples

In this lesson, you will learn about children's literature, the only genre defined by its audience, through a discussion of its history and themes, while also taking at look at some representative examples.

Literary Devices in Children's Literature

2. Literary Devices in Children's Literature

In this lesson, we will discuss literary devices in children's literature, such as character, theme, setting, and illustration, and how they can be used to gain and keep a child's interest.

Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place

3. Contemporary Young Adult Fiction: Topics, Themes & Place

Young adult literature has grown and expanded in the last 50 years. In this lesson, you'll learn about the topics, themes, and places that appear in young adult fiction, and you'll have a chance to test your understanding with a short quiz.

Characteristics of Young Adult Literature

4. Characteristics of Young Adult Literature

In this lesson, we'll cover characteristics common to young adult (YA) literature. We'll also explore the history of the young adult category, and discuss some books that might seem like, but are not, examples of young adult literature.

The Role of Literature in Learning to Read

5. The Role of Literature in Learning to Read

Literature is an important part of teaching children to read. There are many different activities that involve literature that teachers and parents can do with students to help them get interested and keep on reading.

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