Author's Insights: Turning Teenagers into Readers and Writers

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Many books and articles have been published in recent years about what teenagers should read and how literature should be taught to teenagers; these ideas and proposals have generated much discussion, but it has not changed the fact that most teenagers don't love to read. In all of this, no one has asked the opinions of those writers whose books focus on teenagers as their main audience -- the very writers kids read and identify with. Because of their unique viewpoint, this select group of authors has much to ...

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Overview

Many books and articles have been published in recent years about what teenagers should read and how literature should be taught to teenagers; these ideas and proposals have generated much discussion, but it has not changed the fact that most teenagers don't love to read. In all of this, no one has asked the opinions of those writers whose books focus on teenagers as their main audience -- the very writers kids read and identify with. Because of their unique viewpoint, this select group of authors has much to contribute to the discussion. They express their opinions on the value of the classics, motivating students to read, discussing books, examining controversial issues, teaching science fiction and poetry and the many ways to teach students to write more effectively.

This book is a refreshing look at young adult reading, and one that will be enjoyed by teachers as well as parents.

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“A good mix of the provocative and the practical, written by respected YA writers whom teachers need to know. Pass this book on to them.”–Booklist
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867092943
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/6/1992
  • Pages: 131
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.33 (d)

Meet the Author

When he is not teaching courses in writing or literature for young adults at Central Connecticut State University, Don Gallo is usually corresponding with authors or reading manuscripts for his next collection of short stories or plays or essays. Among his anthologies for teenagers are Sixteen, Visions, Connections, and Center Stage. He is also the editor of Speaking for Ourselves and the author of Presenting Richard Peck.
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Table of Contents

Introduction

Big Books, Sex and the Classics: Some Thoughts on Teaching Literature, Harry Mazer

Ride the Horse in the Direction It's Going, Sandy Asher

The Ice Cream Syndrome (AKA Promoting Good Reading Habits), Norma Fox Mazer

Healing Through Literature, Chris Crutcher

Chaos, Strange Attractors, and Other Peculiarities in the English Classroom, William Sleator

The Possibilities of Poetry, Paul B. Janeczko

A Book Is Not a House--The Human Side of Censorship, Robert Cormier

Nobody But a Reader Ever Became a Writer, Richard Peck.

Lit-Lib: using Literature to Teach Writing, Robin F. Brancato

Nineteen Different Answers and One Black Eye, Todd Strasser

Writing, Rewriting, Rejection, and Recognition--Some Lessons from a Writer's Workshop, Walter Dean Myers

Secrets of Successful Author Visits, Gloria D. Miklowitz.

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