Creative Inquiry

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Teenage Triumphs and Tragedies: Using Adolescent Literature as Lens to View Our Lives


You are invited to join our CI group for an exploration of adolescent literature and its connections to the lives of middle and high school students. These connections will generate ways to motivate students to read more self-selected literature and how to use the literature for learning as adolescents establish their places in the world. During the semester, our CI group will conduct an adolescent book club, reading 5 selections (2 or 3 group selections and 2 or 3 individual choices).

Team Leader(s)

Kathy Neal Headley, EdDDean of Health,Educ,HumanDev


CI 397, fall & spring 2014Our CI group conducted our book club for adolescent literature, reading five titles each semester. While the group selections have engaged our members in lively discussions, the self-selected readings actually increase the variety of books read during the semester. Participation is highly active, with few or no absences from our discussion sessions. Students bring questions to our table that initiate the conversations. Titles have included, but were not limited to the following: Awaken, Crossed, The Day Before, The Dead, Perfect, Small as an Elephant, Zitface.Additional titles for 2013-2014 included The Impossible Knife of Memory, Everyday, No Fault in Our Stars, Never Fall Down, and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Our CI group was interviewed and featured in the current issue of Decipher Magazine.

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