From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics Second Edition, Revised and Expanded / Edition 2

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The required classics in grades 7-12 are often too complex and removed from adolescent experience. This informative text uses thematic groupings built around recent young adult literature (YAL) as bridges to the classics. This second edition, which the authors have revised and greatly expanded, emphasizes the goal of helping teenagers become lifetime readers, as well as critical and confident readers. By pairing the required classics and young adult literature around common themes, the authors illustrate specific theme connections and include extensive lists of annotated YAL titles at the end of each classic title. The new edition features more than 1,000 titles, hundreds published in the last five years. Thirty-three recent YAL titles are included as theme connectors among the twelve most frequently taught classics.

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Editorial Reviews

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Teachers, librarians, even parents looking for an inducement for today's teenager to read and connect to the Joad family, Atticus Finch, Ralph and Jack, or even Huckleberry Finn, will find it through this reference read. More than ideas and lesson plans, the book explores what young adult literature is all about, providing success stories from other schools and libraries, and has an impressive resources appendix. Well-organized, practical, interesting, and useful are some of the adjectives that come to mind with this book. . . .This is one book that won't gather dust on the shelf, as it will be busy being used to form literature units throughout the year. - Christian Library Journal

This book is a must-read for teachers who want to produce not only graduates but also lifelong readers. - Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy

Teachers, parents, and any who would present literature to young adults will want to make ^IFrom Hinton to Hamlet, 2nd Edition: Building Bridges Between Young Adult Literature and the Classics^R by Susan K. Herz and Donald R. Gallo part of their required reading. - Midwest Book Review

^IFrom Hinton to Hamlet^R advocates a democratic approach to the teaching of the classics. The canon is not merely for honors students; it is for everyone. A fabulous addition to any professional library. - SIGNAL Journal

^BStarred Review^R Not only are the classics from Twain to Lee covered, but also included are themes from the classic titles, theme connectors to young adult titles, annotated recommended young adult titles that connect to the theme, and a list of other recommended young adult connections. . . . Invaluable as a professional collaborative tool between teachers and librarians, this title will be referred to frequently. Highly recommended. - Library Media Connection

The new edition of this professional classic addresses a need in many schools. Aimed at teachers and librarians, the text offers personal experiences, testimonials, data, and theory for incorporating young adult literature into classrooms. . . . This resource is a must-have for all school libraries and one to considered for all public libraries as well. Libraries that use the first edition would do well to consider purchasing the second. - VOYA

^BOn the First Edition:^R Connecting the best YA literature and the classics, this fine, practical guide challenges condescending stereotypes about YA literature and shows how it can be used in the English classroom, across the curriculum, and in the library to open students to the pleasure of reading, at least as an entry or bridge to more complex literature. The largest section of the book discusses using great YA novels with 10 commonly taught classics. Teachers and librarians will find this a well-focused combination of theory and hands-on examples. - Booklist/Reference Books Bulletin

^BOn the First Edition:^R The most effective teaching takes what a student already knows and attaches new concepts to the old. For years English teachers have struggled to teach the likes of ^IJulius Caesar^R and ^IThe Scarlet Letter^R in isolation to students who protest that these 'classics' have nothing in common with their young lives. The authors maintain that there is a better way than pop quizzes and lectures to teach the books and plays that are part of everyone's curriculum. If the teacher can help students understand and enjoy one of the many excellent young adult novels available, then it is possible to link common elements in the young-adult novel to the 'classic' to make that crucial bridge between young lives and a lasting relationship with literature. . . . Every part of this book is useful. . . .This should be required reading for everyone on the English and library staffs. Highly recommended. - The Book Report

The new edition of this professional classic addresses a need in many schools. Aimed at teachers and librarians, the text offers personal experiences, testimonials, data, and theory for incorporating young adult literature into classrooms. Early chapters, expanded and rewritten, describe Herz's experience "discovering" young adult literature and incorporating it into her classroom. These early chapters will be a resource for teachers and librarians arguing for the inclusion of young adult literature in their curriculum, although surveys and data cited are often dated, and some suggested strategies for convincing skeptical teachers and administrators of the worth of body of literature would be a great addition. More recent information on reading trends, in light of the rise in teen use of the Internet and the explosion in publishing for teens, would also be relevant and interesting. Despite the value of the first half of the book, its true worth becomes apparent in the later chapters. The authors include suggestions for using young adult literature in the classroom, including a chapter listing commonly taught classics alongside young adult titles with shared themes. The authors outline the "theme connections" between works and provide lists of other recommended materials. Sample assignments and suggestions for new ways to teach literature are included. The authors also include suggestions for moving young adult literature out of the English classroom and across the curriculum and provide an extensive list of resources that provide more information about young adult books. This resource is a must-have for all school libraries and one to be considered for public libraries as well. Librariesthat use the first edition would do well to consider purchasing the second. Although much of the information in the early chapters is similar, Herz and Gallo have updated their recommended young adult titles to include recently published books. 2005, Greenwood, 265p.; Index. Biblio., PLB . Ages adult professional.
—Anita Beaman
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313324529
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/28/2005
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 991,089
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

SARAH K. HERZ is a former English teacher in Westport, Conn. She conducts staff development and curriculum workshops for school districts and is an article reviewer for English Journal and the ALAN Review.

DONALD R. GALLO is a former junior high school English teacher, reading specialist, and university professor who has become the country's foremost anthologist of short stories for young adults. He is the recipient of the ALAN award for Outstanding Contributions to Young Adult Literature as well as the Ted Hipple Service Award.

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 How I found a treasure trove of readers with young adult literature 1
Ch. 2 What is young adult literature, anyway? 9
Ch. 3 Directing versus exploring : how to get to where you're going without a literary map 15
Ch. 4 Building bridges : getting students from wherever they are to where the curriculum says they should be 27
Ch. 5 What else? : other approaches 93
Ch. 6 Adolescents and libraries : forging a vital relationship 131
Ch. 7 Other backyards : using young adult literature across other disciplines 141
Ch. 8 What's next : where can I find more information? 173
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