Verse Novels in the Classroom – Resource List

I’m doing a few classroom visits to colleges, universities and high schools over the next few weeks so to that end I have gathered a list of verse novel resources for teachers. I thought I’d share it here.

Below is the course plan I have used in high workshops. It is designed for high school age students but can be adapted as needed. The second link is to a PDF required for one of the suggested exercises.

An Educator’s Guide from Random House includes ideas for lessons, book suggestions and resources

An Introduction to Using Verse Novels with Emerging, Struggling or Reluctant Readers

This is an interesting website that has conducted an online version of a high school YA Lit class, with a unit on verse novels:

Here are two longer verse novel exercises to be used with students

This is a scholarly article on the verse novel, which includes an excellent bibliography

An interview with three YA verse novelists

Verse Novels on difficult or Topical themes:

Verse Novels on Controversial Themes

School shootings/violence


Specific Verse Novel Study Guides:

The Simple Gift by Steven Herrick (YA)

By the River by Steven Herrick (YA)

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse (MG/YA)

Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate (MG/YA)

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (MG)

May B by Caroline Starr Rose (MG)

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas (upper  YA)

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (upper YA)

Crank Trilogy by Ellen Hopkins (upper YA)

The Language Inside by Holly Thompson (YA)

Toppling by Sally Murphy (Lower MG)

Out of This Place by Emma Cameron (YA)

October Mourning by Lesléa Newman


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