Saturday, April 20, 2013
R is for Rigor
Welcome to Day 18 of the Blogging From A to Z April Challenge here at Reading on the F Train. Today's topic is Rigor!
Today, I don't have something to share, so much as a question to ask: I try to use YA novels as much as possible in my teaching, but it's sometimes a hard sell. The word I hear a lot in those discussions is "rigor"--as in, YA texts aren't rigorous enough. I should be teaching higher-level texts that stretch students' abilities. I agree that this is one goal of teaching literature (equally important, to me, is making sure my students leave my class as people who love reading) and I don't think it's necessarily incompatible with YA. But I'd love to put together a list of "rigorous" texts--text with complex language, texts that require a lot of work from the reader (but ideally also reward that work.)
So I'm turning to you all--what are some YA novels you love that are challenging, and what about them might a young reader find challenging?