From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges Between Young Adult Literature and the Classics

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The literary classics that are traditionally required in grades 7-12 are often too complex and removed from adolescent experience. This highly readable guide, from a classroom teacher and one of the nation's leading authorities on young adult literature, shows teachers and school librarians how to use young adult literature as a bridge to the classics to help students become more critical and enthusiastic readers. Innovative thematic connectors link quality young adult novels, many of them multicultural, to the 12 most frequently taught works of literature. Extensive annotated lists of additional works of young adult literature complement each of these 12 classics. Herz and Gallo also show how young adult books can be incorporated into other subject classes.
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Editorial Reviews

Hazel Rochman
With the "Odyssey", teenagers can read Gary Paulsen's "Woodsong" 1990, Amy Ehrlich's "Where It Stops, Nobody Knows" 1988, and many other YA books about the perilous journey. With "Julius Caesar", they can read Walter Dean Myers' "Scorpions" 1988 and discuss the themes of betrayal and group tyranny. 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.
Provides teachers and librarians with thematic connections between young adult novels, many of them multicultural, and the 12 most taught works of English literature. Surveys young adult literature and its characteristics, and identifies elements that can bridge to such works as Huckleberry Finn, Lord of the Flies, The Scarlet Letter, and of course the plays of Shakespeare. Also suggests how young adult literature can be used similarly for such subjects as art, health, history, music, and science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780313286360
  • Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Pages: 127
  • Lexile: 1240L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.34 (w) x 9.48 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Letting Go: How I Stopped Forcing Books down Students' Throats and Found Out What They Really Needed 1
Ch. 2 What Is Young Adult Literature Anyway? Can It Be Any Good If Students Like It? 7
Ch. 3 Directing versus Exploring: How to Get to Where You're Going without a Literary Map 13
Ch. 4 Building Bridges: Getting Students from Wherever They Are to Where the Curriculum Says They Should Be 25
Ch. 5 Creating Library Lions 75
Ch. 6 Other Backyards: Using Young Adult Books for Interdisciplinary Studies 83
Ch. 7 What's Next: Where Can I Find More Information? 93
Primary Sources: Major Literary Works 109
Secondary Sources: Books and Monographs 116
Secondary Sources: Articles, Poems, and Chapters from Books 117
Index 119
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