Title of Presentation
Using Young Adult Lliterature to Help Students Break Stereotypes and Confront the Stigma of Mental Illness
Date of Presentation
Name of Conference
National Council of Teachers of English Annual Convention
Date of Conference
Location of Conference
Young adult literature texts such as Kissing Doorknobs, Wintergirls, and Thirteen Reasons Why can help English teachers to address issues of mental illness (e.g., OCD, anorexia/bulemia, depression, etc.) in the secondary classroom. Asking students to discuss vocabulary often associated with mental illness and to explore how characters with psychological problems are treated by peers in young adult literature can help motivate students to become aware of the power of language choices and to become empowered to break stereotypes and confront bullying of those struggling with depression, anxiety, etc.
Richmond, Kia Jane, "Using Young Adult Lliterature to Help Students Break Stereotypes and Confront the Stigma of Mental Illness" (2013). Conference Presentations. 29.
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