I set out to see what the internet had to say about young adult literature and social media. Turns out, there’s a lot. I used Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, Tumblr, Instagram, and blogs to research what the new frontier of the world-wide web.
It is important to relate the modern technologies and contemporary trends with literacy so teens can see how to relate their generation’s identity with literature. Keeping literature in books, journals and on paper will turn them off right at the sight – paper and ink are old school. But filtered images of books open to matching stationary on a window sill with a color coordinated cup of tea; blogs with story ideas flowing from keyboards in bedrooms of youthful thinkers all over the world; book recommendations flowing from every outlet and reviews only a few strokes and clicks away. These are the things that entice young adults. By understanding how to use social media to reinforce young adult literature, we can positively influence a maximum amount of readers and potential readers.
I think my favorite social media in regard to ya lit is Pinterest. Come to think of it, there are very few things Pinterest isn’t good for. Anyway, searches on this website not only provide links for book recommendations of large varieties, but also can turn up maps of all sorts. Mind maps, discussion-guiding maps, which-books-to-read-when maps, maps from the places in our favorite books and so much more. Pinterest is also helpful because its contents can lead you to new websites, blogs and resources you would have never known existed otherwise. Another plus of this wonderful place is the beautiful sight that appears after typing “creative writing prompts” in the search bar. Before your eyes will be squares and squares of simple, intruding and applicable quotes. Even better, if you click a particularly sparking prompt, it may just take you to its home where it resides with so many of its equally fascinating family.
But what if you want to click on them all? No worries friend. After creating an account, which will lead you inevitably addicted fyi, you can make boards to ‘pin’ everything you want to remember into categories. I have already started pinning ideas for my future classroom including appearance, content and organization. I have another board dedicated to lesson plan ideas. I secretly believe Pinterest was made for teachers. However, even common people have fallen under its spell which will work to our advantage.
There is this phenomenal feature where multiple users can pin to the same board. If each class has its own board, the students can pin assignments they think they would enjoy and books they would like to read, sharing them with you, the instructor, and the class. I think this would be a good way to welcome students’ impute in their learning. Then you can find which were most liked (‘likes’ aren’t just for Facebook) and differentiate it to your school’s standards and class’ level.