Emphasis on literature written for adolescents, including a study of and reading from the various genres, how to use literature in the middle and secondary school classroom, how to read for a variety of purposes, reading aloud to students, SSR, reader response theory, censorship, literary elements, evaluating adolescent literature for quality and relevance, choosing a canon of literature and the transactional nature of reading literature. Unit and lesson planning will be required. The Internet will be used to research authors, find and contrast works of literary criticism and locate books for thematic units. Students will be required to read prose and poetry by a wide variety of American and non-American authors. Prerequisite: 2.75 GPA, and C- or higher in PSY 101 and EDU 220.