Ch 1: Young Adult Books Lesson Plans

About This Chapter

Find a range of useful information and engaging activities to use in your classroom with these young adult novel lesson plans. They make it a breeze to create a curriculum based around these novels.

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These lesson plans provide you with a brief overview of each young adult novel covered along with more detailed character descriptions. You can use them as a guideline to create a customized curriculum for your students based around the novel they choose. Activities, assignments and projects give you a wealth of ideas to increase your student's interest while minimizing the time you have to spend on planning.

How It Helps

  • Common core: Ensures all your students are prepared for state and federal language arts/literature testing standards
  • Activities or games Each of these lessons include fun activities to increase your student's retention of information
  • Individual or group projects Effective and engaging assignments that bring the characters and stories to life for students

How It Works

This helpful resource offers teachers lesson plan outlines with relevant tools to make planning young adult novel lessons easy.

  • Find lesson plans for specific young adult novel topics you want to cover in class.
  • Formulate your young adult novel class outline using the suggested classroom tools offered in the lesson plans.
  • Share the related young adult novel lessons for each lesson plan with students in class to make learning fun and engaging.
  • Use related lesson quizzes to ensure your students understand the most important young adult literature concepts from the lessons.
  • Engage your students with relevant young adult literature activities, discussion questions or other materials found in the lesson plan outline.

53 Lessons in Chapter 1: Young Adult Books Lesson Plans
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A Child Called 'It' Activities

1. A Child Called 'It' Activities

Students will confirm their understanding of the impact of child abuse and specific details about the storyline after completing these activities based on 'A Child Called It' by Dave Pelzer.

Fever, 1793 Lesson Plan

2. Fever, 1793 Lesson Plan

Yellow fever can be a deadly disease. In this lesson, students learn about Laurie Halse Anderson's book ''Fever, 1793'' and develop a project highlighting the yellow fever epidemic that terrorized Philadelphia.

Fever, 1793: Summary & Characters

3. Fever, 1793: Summary & Characters

When yellow fever starts claiming lives in Philadelphia, will Mattie and her family survive? Learn more about Mattie's story and some of the important characters in this summary of Laurie Halse Anderson's 'Fever, 1793'.

The Fault in Our Stars Discussion Questions

4. The Fault in Our Stars Discussion Questions

'The Fault in Our Stars' is a novel by John Green about teenagers who are living with cancer. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this novel and help reinforce its themes.

Wolf Rider Lesson Plan

5. Wolf Rider Lesson Plan

Increase your students' comprehension of the novel 'Wolf Rider' by Avi with this lesson plan. Students will read our text lesson, which will help them to summarize the book content before engaging in discussions and analysis.

Wolf Rider Book Summary

6. Wolf Rider Book Summary

In this lesson we will examine the 1986 young adult novel 'Wolf Rider' by Avi. We will look at the story, its key scenes, and characters. Then, the lesson explores ways that the novel treats themes of death and trust through the old English idiom of 'The Boy Who Cried Wolf.'

Scorpions Novel Lesson Plan

7. Scorpions Novel Lesson Plan

If you're teaching Walter Dean Myers' novel 'Scorpions,' you can use this lesson plan as a culminating project. Students will show what they have learned by summarizing the plot, characters, and themes in a persuasive speech.

Scorpions: Book Summary & Characters

8. Scorpions: Book Summary & Characters

This lesson introduces Walter Dean Myers' young adult novel, ''Scorpions.'' After understanding its plot, we'll get to know the characters and learn why critics are divided on the relevance of this Newbery Award-winning novel.

Scorpions Book Activities

9. Scorpions Book Activities

Scorpions is a book about the struggle of dealing with gangs and poverty. This lesson provides a variety of activities for students to become more knowledgeable on the book.

Bifocal Novel Lesson Plan

10. Bifocal Novel Lesson Plan

This lesson plan reviews the novel Bifocal by Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters. Students will read two lessons, participate in discussion questions, complete an activity and take a quiz.

Bifocal: Book Summary & Themes

11. Bifocal: Book Summary & Themes

Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters' novel, ''Bifocal,'' presents a story of racism, terrorism, and ignorance for a young adult audience. In this lesson, you'll learn more about the story and some of the most prevalent themes.

Bifocal: Book Characters & Quotes

12. Bifocal: Book Characters & Quotes

When a student is arrested for suspected terrorism, others attending Central Secondary School have to face racial division. This lesson discusses some of the important characters and quotes in Deborah Ellis and Eric Walters' ''Bifocal.''

Breathing Underwater Novel Lesson Plan

13. Breathing Underwater Novel Lesson Plan

Help students gain a deeper understanding of the novel 'Breathing Underwater' with this lesson plan. Two text lessons guide students through active reading strategies before, during and after reading. Engaging activities and quizzes round out this plan.

Breathing Underwater: Book Summary & Themes

14. Breathing Underwater: Book Summary & Themes

'Breathing Underwater' is a contemporary young adult novel telling the story of Nick and Caitlin and their volatile relationship. In this lesson, learn how Nick discovers that one negative action springing from his own abuse and fear can change everything and cause pain for all involved.

Breathing Underwater: Book Characters & Quotes

15. Breathing Underwater: Book Characters & Quotes

In this lesson, we will get to know the characters in Alex Flinn's novel 'Breathing Underwater.' We will explore quotes from the novel while learning about 16-year-old Nick Andreas, his strained relationship with girlfriend, Caitlin, and their clique.

The Wave by Todd Strasser Lesson Plan

16. The Wave by Todd Strasser Lesson Plan

Increase student understanding of the story 'The Wave' by Todd Strasser. Students will read a text lesson that summarizes the story and aides in analyzing characters, discussing content and applying concepts through hands-on methods. Finish with a culminating activity and quiz.

The Wave: Summary & Characters

17. The Wave: Summary & Characters

''The Wave'' is a story about a teacher who tries to teach students about the Nazi party, by creating his own cult-like group, to provide an example of how easy it is to fall into terrible ideals. The lesson focuses on the novel's summary and characters.

Double Dutch Book Lesson Plan

18. Double Dutch Book Lesson Plan

Teachers, this lesson plan reviews the struggles and secrets of five middle school students in the book 'Double Dutch.' Students will complete an individual reading assignment, two activities and a quiz.

Double Dutch: Book Summary & Characters

19. Double Dutch: Book Summary & Characters

''Double Dutch'' follows the stories of eighth graders as they deal with their private struggles and secrets, including illiteracy and a missing father. They navigate these struggles against the backdrop of preparing for a Double Dutch tournament.

Anna of Byzantium Lesson Plan

20. Anna of Byzantium Lesson Plan

Increase student understanding for the novel 'Anna of Byzantium' with this lesson plan. A text lesson helps students apply comprehension skills before, during and after reading. Activities and a quiz make concepts stick.

Anna of Byzantium: Summary & Quotes

21. Anna of Byzantium: Summary & Quotes

The lesson explores Tracy Barrett's 'Anna of Byzantium,' historical fiction for young adults. We will learn about Princess Anna Comnena and her life in the Byzantine Empire. We will also discover how Barrett embroiders real history with an engaging first person narrative.

Dicey's Song Lesson Plan

22. Dicey's Song Lesson Plan

This lesson plan will help students examine the themes of the story and compare three generations of characters as they read ''Dicey's Song'' by Cynthia Voight.

Dicey's Song: Summary & Characters

23. Dicey's Song: Summary & Characters

''Dicey's Song'', the sequel to ''Homecoming'' by Cynthia Voight, continues the tale of Dicey Tillerman and her siblings as they settle into a life with their eccentric grandmother, each learning to become part of a family again.

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Lesson Plan

24. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town Lesson Plan

This lesson plan accompanies the book 'When Zachary Beaver Came to Town' by Kimberly Willis Holt. It will help them analyze the characters, setting, and major details that enable them to form a summary of the book.

When Zachary Beaver Came to Town: Book Summary & Characters

25. When Zachary Beaver Came to Town: Book Summary & Characters

This lesson summarizes the story Kimberly Willis Holt tells in her 1999 young adult coming of age novel 'When Zachary Beaver Came to Town.' We will learn about the story, setting, character, and conflicts.

Copper Sun Discussion Questions

26. Copper Sun Discussion Questions

'Copper Sun' by Sharon Draper explores a dark period in history: slavery. The following questions should be assigned to mature students who can handle the sensitive subject matter. These questions are designed for after students have read the book.

Looking for Alaska Discussion Questions

27. Looking for Alaska Discussion Questions

'Looking for Alaska' by John Green is a young adult novel about a teenager searching for adventure--a theme many students can relate to. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this book.

Crash by Jerry Spinelli Discussion Questions

28. Crash by Jerry Spinelli Discussion Questions

''Crash'' is a young-adult novel about an aggressive athlete who learns to define his own expectations for himself. These discussion questions can help your students work through this story.

Flipped by Van Draanen Discussion Questions

29. Flipped by Van Draanen Discussion Questions

'Flipped' by Wendelin Van Draanen is a young adult novel about how a relationship between a boy and girl changes from childhood through adolescence. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this book.

Lost and Found by Anne Schraff Discussion Questions

30. Lost and Found by Anne Schraff Discussion Questions

''Lost and Found'' is a young-adult novel that explores some of the harsher realities of what growing up is like for many students in urban America. These questions can help your class navigate the book and its themes.

We Were Liars Discussion Questions

31. We Were Liars Discussion Questions

''We were Liars'' is a young-adult novel about friendship and loss. These questions can help your students navigate the plot, characters, and themes of the novel.

That Was Then, This Is Now Activities

32. That Was Then, This Is Now Activities

Assign the following activities after students have read ''That Was Then, This Is Now'' by S. E. Hinton. Students will demonstrate learning by recalling specific scenes and characters from the story and addressing a social issues that carries into modern times.

Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings Activities

33. Red Kayak by Priscilla Cummings Activities

'Red Kayak' by Priscilla Cummings is novel about change and tragedy on the Chesapeake Bay. The activities in the asset will help students deepen their understanding of the story and personally connect with its characters.

The Pigman Unit Plan

34. The Pigman Unit Plan

'The Pigman' by Paul Zindel is a novel for young adults about two teenagers that befriend a lonely, elderly man. This lesson provides teachers with an outline for teaching a unit on 'The Pigman.'

The Sign of the Beaver Project Ideas

35. The Sign of the Beaver Project Ideas

Stimulating projects provide for an alternative means of assessment after finishing a novel unit. These project ideas are best for middle school students and should take 1-2 weeks for each to be completed.

Silent to the Bone Discussion Questions

36. Silent to the Bone Discussion Questions

''Silent to the Bone'' is a young-adult novel and mystery by E. L. Konigsburg. These questions can help guide your class through a discussion on the characters, plot, and themes of this novel.

Black Duck Book Discussion Questions

37. Black Duck Book Discussion Questions

''Black Duck'' is a historical fiction novel set around a smuggling boat in Prohibition. These questions can help guide your students in a discussion on the book's themes, characters, and plot.

I Am the Cheese Discussion Questions

38. I Am the Cheese Discussion Questions

'I Am the Cheese' is a novel by Robert Cormier that consists of a narrative that alternates with a series of tape transcripts in which Adam, a teenage boy, gradually remembers his past. This lesson will guide classroom discussions about this novel.

Pictures of Hollis Woods Discussion Questions

39. Pictures of Hollis Woods Discussion Questions

'Pictures of Hollis Woods' is the story of a girl passed from one foster home to another, collecting life lessons along the way. Use discussion questions to help your students engage in meaningful conversations about the book's important themes.

Nothing But the Truth Discussion Questions

40. Nothing But the Truth Discussion Questions

'Nothing But the Truth' is a young-adult novel by Avi, which follows a young boy as his suspension brings national media attention to his town. These questions can help your students delve deeper into this story.

Fever, 1793 Discussion Questions

41. Fever, 1793 Discussion Questions

'Fever, 1793' is a novel by Laurie Halse Anderson about a teenager who contracts the yellow fever during the epidemic in Philadelphia in 1793. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.

Tangerine by Edward Bloor Discussion Questions

42. Tangerine by Edward Bloor Discussion Questions

'Tangerine' by Edward Bloor is a young adult novel about peer relationships and family dysfunction. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.

Eleanor & Park Discussion Questions

43. Eleanor & Park Discussion Questions

High school life can be hard, but that's especially true when domestic abuse is part of your home life. ''Eleanor & Park'' deals with these themes and ideas, and these questions can help your students discuss what this means for the novel and for them.

The Wave by Todd Strasser Discussion Questions

44. The Wave by Todd Strasser Discussion Questions

'The Wave' by Todd Strasser is a fiction novel that is based on the true story of a high school experiment to help students understand the Holocaust. This asset contains classroom discussion questions about this novel.

Anne of Green Gables Discussion Questions

45. Anne of Green Gables Discussion Questions

'Anne of Green Gables' tells the coming-of-age story of an imaginative young girl. These discussion questions will guide conversation for several significant concepts in the story.

An Abundance of Katherines Discussion Questions

46. An Abundance of Katherines Discussion Questions

''An Abundance of Katherines'' is a young adult novel by John Green, author of ''The Fault in Our Stars.'' These discussion questions can help your students work through the plot, themes, and characters in ''An Abundance of Katherines.''

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Discussion Questions

47. War Horse by Michael Morpurgo Discussion Questions

Middle and high school students will enjoy learning about World War I through the eyes of Joey, a fictional horse who served in the war. These discussion questions are intended for middle and high school students.

Brown Girl Dreaming Discussion Questions

48. Brown Girl Dreaming Discussion Questions

'Brown Girl Dreaming' is the childhood memoir of author Jacqueline Woodson. In this book, students will read about Woodson's experiences growing up as an African American during the Civil Rights Movement.

Challenger Deep Discussion Questions

49. Challenger Deep Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to help you upper middle and high school students process the characters, plot, and symbolism of 'Challenger Deep' by Neal Shusterman.

Things Not Seen Discussion Questions

50. Things Not Seen Discussion Questions

Use these discussion questions to help your middle schoolers understand the characters, literary elements, and themes of Things Not Seen. Promote critical thinking and effective discussions as you help students analyze this coming of age story.

Taking Sides by Gary Soto Activities

51. Taking Sides by Gary Soto Activities

Gary Soto's ''Taking Sides'' deals with themes of racism, acceptance, and growing up. Use these activities to help your students engage with this book and its big ideas.

Seventh Grade by Gary Soto Activities

52. Seventh Grade by Gary Soto Activities

Gary Soto's short story ''Seventh Grade'' is a fun read. These activities will help students explore the story and can open discussions about short stories and writing.

Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz Discussion Questions

53. Stormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz Discussion Questions

These questions can help your students delve deeper into the popular young-adult novel ''Stormbreaker'', building up class discussion and analysis skills.

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