Reading with a Critical Eye: Evaluating YA Literature

This course is designed for individuals who wish to develop a more critical lens while reading.  Initially focusing on the basic elements of literature (including both fiction and nonfiction), it then broadens out to consider form and format (i.e., graphic novels, audiobooks) and related topics (i.e., multicultural books, blogging, reviews, resources, etc.).

Learning Outcomes

  • identify literary terms and elements used within a piece of literature and determine the context within which they are used
  • identify the genre, form, and format of a literary piece
  • create a literary analysis essay
  • write both brief and extensive literary annotations

Who Should Attend

Young adult librarians, school librarians, teachers, administrators, and any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and tweens.

Course Level & Prerequisites

Participation is this course will require approximately 2.5 hours (asynchronous) per week to:

  • Read the online course material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises


Dr. Teri Lesesne, Sam Houston State University Library Science Department

Dr. Karin Perry, Sam Houston State University Library Science Department

Date(s) & Time(s)

Monday, April 6, 2015 - Monday, May 18, 2015

Credits &/or CEUs Heading

This course has been approved for 1.5 CEUs.


  • $155 YALSA members
  • $195 ALA Members
  • $215 nonmembers

Technical Requirements

YALSA e-courses are offered through Moodle.

How to Register

Registration is available via our online registration system, or by submitting a paper registration form via mail or fax. 

Check, money order, purchase order or credit card must accompany registration to reserve space in this course.
Fax registrations are accepted for credit card and purchase orders only.


Nicole Gibby Munguia, YALSA's Program Officer for Continuing Education, at or 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5293.