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.

https://versenovels.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/course-plan.pdf

https://versenovels.files.wordpress.com/2013/08/foundpoem12.pdf

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

http://www.randomhouse.com/catalog/teachers_guides/9780375866937.pdf

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

https://versenovels.com/2012/10/20/verse-novels-and-emerging-reluctant-or-struggling-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:

http://yalit101.wordpress.com/category/verse-novel/

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

http://www.ccira.org/conf13/handouts/181/Writing_a_Verse_Novel_-_Retelling.pdf

http://www.ccira.org/conf13/handouts/181/Writing_an_Original_Verse_Novel.pdf

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

http://www.lib.latrobe.edu.au/ojs/index.php/tlg/article/view/74/88

An interview with three YA verse novelists

http://www.axonjournal.com.au/issue-4/writing-young-adult-verse-novel

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)

http://www.hsc.csu.edu.au/english/area_of_study/belonging/3725/simple_gift.htm

By the River by Steven Herrick (YA)

http://www.allenandunwin.com/_uploads/BookPdf/TeachersNotes/9781741143577.pdf

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

http://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/calendar-activities/karen-hesse-author-newbery-20673.html

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/lesson-plan/out-dust-discussion-guide

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

http://us.macmillan.com/uploadedFiles/FeiwelFriends/Guide%20to%20Home%20of%20the%20Brave.pdf

The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate (MG)

http://files.harpercollins.com/HCChildrens/OMM/Media/OneAndOnlyIvan_DG_4.pdf

May B by Caroline Starr Rose (MG)

http://www.carolinestarrrose.com/Caroline_Starr_Rose/Books_files/May%20B%20study%20guide%20PDF.pdf

Because I Am Furniture by Thalia Chaltas (upper  YA)

https://www.teachervision.com/tv/printables/penguin/because-i-am-furniture_dg.pdf

Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (upper YA)

http://www.bookrags.com/Impulse_(novel)/

Crank Trilogy by Ellen Hopkins (upper YA)

http://books.simonandschuster.com/Crank/Ellen-Hopkins/9781442471818/reading_group_guide

The Language Inside by Holly Thompson (YA)

http://www.hatbooks.com/files/Language_Inside_Guide_FINAL.pdf

Toppling by Sally Murphy (Lower MG)

http://www.walkerbooks.com.au/statics/dyn/1300079728305/Toppling-Classroom-Ideas.pdf

Out of This Place by Emma Cameron (YA)

http://www.candlewick.com/book_files/0763664049.btg.1.pdf

October Mourning by Lesléa Newman

http://www.welovechildrensbooks.com/wp-content/uploads/files/October_Mourning_Guide.pdf

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