Reading with a Critical Eye: Evaluating YA Literature

Monday, 2/8/2016 - Sunday, 3/20/2016

This asynchronous 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.).  Weekly discussions and assignments are provided, allowing participants to complete coursework at any time during the assignment timeframe.

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

  • Teen services librarians
  • Public library workers
  • School library workers
  • Teachers
  • Administrators
  • Any literacy-focused professional who works directly with teens and/or tweens


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

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



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

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.

Tech Requirements

This e-course is hosted through Moodle.


This course has been approved for 1.5 CEUs.


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