Well-selected books from the young-adult genre can help students build the skills they need to tackle more challenging, classical literature, middle-grades language arts teacher Ariel Sacks writes in this blog post. A majority of middle-school students might not be able to read and analyze most classic literature on their own, but assigning rigorous and developmentally accessible YA books when teaching whole-novel units allows them to have an "authentic" reading experience without the need for teachers to "dumb down" the material, Sacks writes.

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