As every English teacher knows, dystopian young adult literature is on fire. Hunger Games. The Maze Runner. Divergent. Matched. Uglies. Unwind. Even older titles, Orson Scott Card’s Ender’s Game (1985) and Lois Lowry’s The Giver (1993), have recently been turned into films, as producers have chosen to strike while the dystopian box office iron is […]

J.K. Rowling. Suzanne Collins. John Green. Use the heavy-hitters of YA literature to inspire your students to polish their own prose. After rough drafts of the first large writing assignment of the year are completed, I present a 45-minute lesson where I break down six specific techniques used by skilled writers and share examples from […]