Integrating Young Adult Literature into the Upper Elementary Setting
Sandusky, Rebecca L.
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Upper elementary students are children between the ages of 8-12 years old. These children exhibit different levels of maturity; accordingly their literature should as well. Young adult fiction is a viable and obvious genre to offer to these students, it allows them to explore vicariously issues that they are currently dealing with, or soon will be. The literature review in this paper proposes that by allowing students to make their own choices in regards to reading for enjoyment they will choose novels that support their individual interests and maturity levels. The research addresses the benefits and concerns of letting upper elementary students read young adult fiction, as well as the roles of parents, teachers, and school librarians in selecting appropriate readings for these students.