A Tribute to Dr. Sipe’s Memory: Recounting His Final Lessons Teaching Young Adult Fiction, Spring 2011
EDUC 666: Young Adult Fiction—May 2011
I had the privilege and the pleasure of taking Literature for Children and Adolescents with Dr. Sipe in the Fall 2010. The following semester, I enrolled in Dr. Sipe’s Education 666: Young Adult Fiction. It would be his final course, one he would not teach to the end. Still his impact on me is profound; his impression is ever lasting.
When I set out to take Dr. Sipe’s Young Adult Fiction course, I thought YAF was just another genre of literature I should study. I imagined the language would be simplified, the subjects would be adolescent, and the content would be juvenile. For these reasons and in spite of them too, I believed reading and discussing YAF might fuel my ability to design engaging curriculum. I speculated it might compel me to connect with students by allowing us to share a common knowledge and familiarity of texts. In hindsight, I was only partially correct. Mostly, however, I misunderstood the utility and value that the form (not...
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