INFO 265-10
Materials for Young Adults
Fall 2017 Syllabus

Professor Beth Wrenn-Estes, Lecturer
Cell Phone – 510-410-1959
Office Hours: By Appointment

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Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning August 23rd unless you are taking an intensive or a one-unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case, the class will open on the first day that the class meets. 

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

This course will allow students to take an in depth look at materials in a variety of formats for teens ages 15-18, including fiction, popular nonfiction, graphic novels, movies, computer games, websites, other media, and determine how they can meet developmental needs.

Course Requirements

  • Students should read the Syllabus carefully and then visit the Canvas course website and read through everything that is there too. Compile questions or clarifications that you need to ask and post those comments or questions to "Ask the Professor" discussion thread.
  • These two important information sources (Syllabus and Canvas Course site) work in tandem with each other to give students directions, requirements, and information needed to be successful in Materials for Young Adults.
  • Each student is expected to check the CANVAS site at least once per day for course updates, posting of additional resources, announcements, and other new information posted by the instructor.
  • The instructor makes every effort to proofread the information in both the syllabus and the Canvas course website. However, errors may occur. If you see something that confuses you or doesn’t look correct please let the instructor know by placing the question or comment on the Question and Answer (Ask the Professor) discussion thread. Please be as specific as you can as to where the information is that you are speaking about and what you don’t understand.


Students complete SOTES to evaluate the course and the instructor at the end of each term. An announcement will go out from the iSchool administration letting students know when the SOTES open. The importance of SOTES is very easy to describe – it is the student’s voice to the administration and the instructor giving them both feedback on the positives and negatives of the student’s experience in each class they take in the program. Completing the SOTES is so very important to improving courses and instruction.

E-mail Subject Lines/Naming of Assignment Files – Mandatory

  • Format for subject line for all email correspondence:
  • Format the file name for all of your assignments:

Official iSchool Email Policy:

  • Instructor will respond to student emails within 24-hours of receipt. The instructor will inform the class if a longer response time is needed (instructor out of town, illness, etc.).
  • Students are expected to promptly answer emails from the instructor and fellow students.

Blackboard IM
Students must sign up for Blackboard IM (BbIM). The iSchool will send out information on how to sign up. Blackboard IM is an excellent way for the class to stay in touch with one another and with the Instructor.

Crisis or Emergency

  • Please CALL, TEXT or EMAIL the instructor (in advance if at all possible) if a situation will prevent you from completing an assignment or another class activity. 
  • You will receive a zero for any course work missed unless you have received permission from the instructor for an extension. Most extensions are granted for extenuating circumstances only and not for being overwhelmed at work (for example).  
  • The instructor reserves the right to deduct points (the number of points is determined by the instructor) for any work not submitted on time or lack of participation in any class activities or assignment.

Course Calendar
Subject to change with fair notice.

Technology Requirements
You will need a high-speed connection (DSL, cable, etc.) to successfully participate in this class.

GRADING – see scale below

Rounding – The instructor does not round up to the next number. If you receive an 89.6 on an assignment or as your final point total this grade will be compared to the grading scale to determine your grade.


Assignment Points Due Dates Comps/CLO
Essay on Youth (15-18) and Digital Technology (Present and Future) 4-6 pages excluding title and reference page(s). Paper Format 10


(Wk 8)

Comps: F, I

CLO’s: 1,3

Blackboard Collaborate Guest Speaker – Author Chris Crutcher (read Chinese Handcuffs and Whale Talk) and Kristin Elizabeth Clark (read Freakboy)

Session Attendance – 5 points

Reflection Paper – 2 points


10/26 Session (Week 10)

(Week 10)


Comps: A, M

CLO’s: 1, 3, 4

Sample of Two Complete Mini-Collection Blog Entries


 10/27 (Week 10)

 see Mini-Collection below

Blackboard Collaborate Guest Speaker – Author Speakers -Beth Fehlbaum (read – Big Fat Disaster) and JoAnn Rees (read – American Born Chinese)


Session Attendance – 5 points

Reflection Paper – 2 points


11/16 Session
(Week 13) 


Reflections Due 11/18
(Week 13)    

Comps: A, M

CLO’s: 1, 3, 4, 6

Research Project – Genre/Author Study - Blog – Blog narrative must be equivalent to 15-page paper


(Week 13)    

Comps: F, I, M
CLO’s: 2, 3, 5

Mini-Collection - Blog Format

 30  12/11
(Week 16)
Comps: A,F, I,M
CLO’s: All
Discussion Threads (7 total)

(Wk 1) Discussion #1 – Video Intro (1 pt)
August 23 to August 27                        

(Wk 3) Discussion #2 - Adolescent Brain (5 pts) September 4 to September 10

(Wk 4) Discussion #3 – IF/Censorship/Professional Ethics (4 pts)  September 11 to September 17

(Wk 5) Book Discussion #4 – All American Boys (3 pts) September 18 to September 24

(Wk 10) Book Discussion #5 – The forest of hands and teeth (3 pts) October 23 to October 29

(Wk 12) Book Discussion #6 – Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass (3 pts) November 6 to November 12

(Wk 15) Book Discussion #8 – Feral Nights (3 pts) November 28 to December 4

 22 Various  

Comps: A,F,I,M

CLO’s: All





  • Expanded descriptions of all assignments appear on the Class Canvas Site.
  • The instructor reserves the right to determine the number of points to deduct for any assignments not completed on time or turned in past the stated due date. Exception - Instructor grants extensions when extenuating circumstances warrant it and gives student alternate due date for specific assignments but only if the student contacts the instructor in advance of the extension need.
  • Collaborate sessions are mandatory to attend.

All assignments, overviews, and lectures, will be provided in written, audio or audio/visual form. Written transcripts will be provided when appropriate. 

The instructor will act as a moderator/facilitator for all discussion threads The instructor may comment from time-to-time on the posts but the discussions are to be student driven.


  • Check the Assignment Chart (above) to see the dates for each discussion thread. All threads begin on Monday at 12:01 a.m. Pacific and end on Sundays at 5 p.m. Pacific except for the first thread which is during a short week. Please note the dates of each thread carefully.
  • You must post one substantial post on Tuesday and one substantial post on Thursday of each week and two posts to classmates before Sunday at 5 p.m. Pacific.
  • Do not post all 4 comments on the same day!
  • Full points will be awarded to students who write in-depth insights and opinions about the weekly topic.
  • If students do not post the required number of posts or do not include the level of detail in the substantial posts required points will be deducted.
    1. For the threads worth 3 points – substantial posts are worth 1.25 points each and the responses to classmates are worth .25 each.
    2. For the thread worth 4 points – substantial posts are 1.75 points each and the responses to classmates are worth .25 each.
    3. For the thread worth 5 points – substantial posts are 2.25 points each and the responses to classmates are worth .25 each.
  • The instructor will include questions or prompts with each book discussion thread to get the conversation going but students are charged with keeping the discussion going throughout the week.
  • Doing more than the minimum number of posts is greatly encouraged.

Please read through the entire Canvas site when it opens on August 23rd.

Weekly outlines (appear on Canvas Course Site) will have more descriptive content than indicated on the Syllabus including but not limited to links to discussion threads, assignments, overviews/lectures, readings and websites to visit.

The Modules are designed to be a one-stop for all information about that week’s particular activities.

General Writing Standards - ALL ASSIGNMENTS

  • Students must produce assignments that meet writing and research standards appropriate for students in a Master’s program of study. Write clearly.
  • It is critical to proofread your work and then proofread it again before turning it in.
  • You will lose points for errors spelling and grammar. All assignments are to be written in a middle ground academic style using a clear voice and tone. Informal writing except in reflection papers is not encouraged.
  • Please refer to a style handbook - suggestion is Strunk and White’s Elements of Style.

Spelling and Grammar Guidelines

Instructor may not read your entire assignment for spelling and grammar mistakes; if, in the instructor’s opinion, assignment contains too many errors the instructor will reduce the points in that section of the rubric and stop grading the assignment for grammar and spelling and will go on to content and research, etc.


Blogs must have a banner on the homepage. The following information must appear on the homepage of the blog:

  • Name of Student 
  • Title of assignment
  • Class number and title
  • Name of Instructor
  • University Name 
  • Date of Assignment.
  • If you want to make up a name for your blog you can do so but the Assignment Name instructor has given must appear first and then your title next.
  • You may use an existing blog that you have for assignments from other classes but instructor must have a clear path to the blog for this class and not have to do any un-necessary searching. 
  • Blogs must look professional and have color themes, font choice, and navigation (live links to all sections of blog for instance from the homepage) picked to enhance the assignment. Use the many features that the blog has and thoroughly review the blog you have chosen so that you know it will accommodate the requirements of the assignment. Remember pictures create visual breaks for the reader and helps clarify points. Books covers are especially important to include when appropriate. Use of illustrations, pictures or embedded video is encouraged.
  • Pictures should enhance text/narrative but images do not replace written content narratives.
  • Blogs do not have a specific page length but must be of sufficient length to adequately cover the assignment.
  • Blogs are written in the same style as written work. Remember this is not a daily journal type of blog but blog style is the vehicle with which you present academic work. Think moderate but friendly academic level writing and focus on creating a blog that peers, colleagues, teens, and caregivers would find useful. 
  • References and citations within narratives must be in APA format. References can be done as one blog posting at the end of the blog or you can put the references at the bottom of each section of your blog.
  • All images must have a credit for where you obtained it and that credit can be located under the specific image or at the end of the blog.
  • Any other questions not answered in the points above please contact the instructor for further information or clarification.


  • Prepare all assignments in MS Word.
  • Do not exceed the number of pages specified by the instructor.

 Title Page MUST have:

  • Name of Student
  • Title of Assignment
  • Class number and title
  • Name of Instructor
  • Name of University
  • Date of Assignment

Other points for papers

  • Papers must be doubled spaced and the font to use is 12 point Arial or Cambria
  • Page numbers and the name of the assignment must appear on all pages except the title page
  • Reference page(s) must be included and meet APA guidelines - Single Spaced
  • Citations within the text must be in accordance with APA guidelines
  • All papers are to be written with a clear voice and moderate academic style.
  • Remember pictures within the document add visual breaks for the reader and helps many different learning styles. The blog is not to be all narrative. Be creative!!!
  • Any other questions not answered in the information above please contact the instructor.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 200, INFO 260A or INFO 261A

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the external (societal) and internal (developmental) forces that influence teens' choices of recreational and informational sources and materials.
  2. Evaluate selection tools, and use appropriate resources to develop a collection of materials for older teens, including all appropriate formats (print, nonprint, computer software, music, etc.).
  3. Critically examine representative materials designed for older teens, including print and nonprint formats, books, graphic novels, television, movies, music, and a wide variety of computer software, including social networking software; apply criteria to evaluate materials in relation to developmental needs, multicultural concerns, and meeting the informational and recreational needs of this age group.
  4. Create an appropriate materials collection for older teens, including print and nonprint materials and a variety of the digital resources currently available for this age group.
  5. Exhibit knowledge of published resources about print and nonprint materials for older teens, such as reference materials, selection tools, and Web sites.
  6. Assist parents and caregivers with questions about appropriate materials for their older teen children.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 265 supports the following core competencies:

  1. A Demonstrate awareness of the ethics, values, and foundational principles of one of the information professions, and discuss the importance of intellectual freedom within that profession.
  2. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  3. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
  4. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations.


Required Textbooks:

  • Boyd, D. (2014). It's complicated. Yale University Press. Available through Amazon: 0300166311arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Cart, M. (2010). Young adult literature: From romance to realism. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838910459 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Clark, K. E. (2013). Freakboy. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Available through Amazon: 0374324727arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Crutcher, C. (2009). Chinese handcuffs. Greenwillow Books. Available through Amazon: 0060598395arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • McElmeel, S. L., Wrenn-Estes, B., & Loertscher, D.V. (2015). Young adult literature and multimedia: A quick guide (10th ed.). Learning Commons Press. Available from publisher: LMC Sourcearrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Medina, M. (2013). Yaqui Delgado wants to kick your ass. Candlewick Press. Available through Amazon: 0763671649arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Reynolds, J., & Kiely, B. (2015). All American boys. Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books. Available through Amazon: 1481463330arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Ryan, C. (2009). The forest of hands and teeth. Random House. Available through Amazon: 0575090855arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Yang, G. L. (2006). American Born Chinese. Square Fish. Available through Amazon: 0312384483 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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