Adolescent Literature and Reader Response: ‘It’s about Global Awareness and Social Justice!’

By Lynn Atkinson Smolen and Suzanne Mac Donald.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This article describes global literature for adolescents that addresses issues related to social justice and fosters a genuine respect and understanding of the experiences of oppressed peoples. The books are grouped thematically to encourage readers to make inter-text connections and view issues from different perspectives. The following themes are described: children enduring times of war and political oppression, people withstanding poverty, and minority groups suffering from and overcoming oppression. Response activities are suggested for the books.

Keywords: Social Justice, Global Exchange, Professional Development, Pedagogy, Children’s Literature

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 10, pp.207-212. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 516.198KB).

Dr. Lynn Atkinson Smolen

Professor, College of Education, The University of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA

Lynn A. Smolen, Ph.D. is a Professor of literacy and teaching English as a second language and the Director of the TESL Program at The University of Akron where she has taught students at the undergraduate, master’s level and doctoral level for the past twenty-six years. She earned her doctorate at the University of Florida in Curriculum and Instruction with concentrations in bilingual education and reading. She was formerly an elementary classroom teacher, a reading teacher and an ESL teacher in Alachua County Schools, Florida. Her areas of interest in research are multicultural literature, reading in a second language, content area reading strategies, literacy assessment, and diversity issues. She has made many presentations at international and national conferences and published her research in numerous international, national and state journals.

Dr. Suzanne Mac Donald

Professor, College of Education, Uniiversity of Akron, Akron, Ohio, USA

Suzanne Mac Donald has her doctorate in the Social Foundations of Education with emphasis in Educational Anthropology. She teaches at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the area of culture/multi-cultures/cross-culture as applied to contemporary educational choice, adaptability, and opportunity in urban and other diverse settings. Research and service fall within a range of international exchange opportunities.


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