Rethinking Adolescence: Using Story to Navigate Life's Uncharted Years

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More than ever before, students need guidance and support from the adults in their lives. Here, author Jay D' Ambrosio suggests practical approaches for connecting with young people at the level of the heart through the utilization of myths, stories, movies, and songs. He contends that Story speaks to both students and adults on a spiritual dimension and will help adult readers better comprehend the condition of those challenges common to adolescence. Throughout each chapter, this book explores the wisdom necessary to face such trials that can be found in Homer's Odyssey and other great stories. Rethinking Adolescence includes: · Discussion topics and answers for use with adolescents · Recommendations of movies and stories that are effective in dealing with various issues This book should be useful to parents, teachers, youth workers, counselors, clergy, and mentors.

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Editorial Reviews

The Joseph Campbell Foundation
D'Ambrosio uses myths, movies, and music to connect his students to the Story unfolding in their lives. The book skillfully braids research, classroom experience, and myth together into an informative and surprisingly riveting read. Teachers and parents will benefit from this pragmatic guide to mythic initiation.
Pennsylvania Middle School Association Newsletter
Through this book, teachers can gain a perspective on what their students are going through from modern day experiences of Instant Messenger bullying to the age-old pressure to succeed. The intelligent media references in the book range from the movie The Karate Kid to the songs of singer Sting. Rethinking Adolescence: Using Story to Navigate Life's Uncharted Years is a book that certainly should be experienced and utilized by educators of adolescents.
—Shellie Hipsky, Ed.D.
VOYA - Anita Beaman
Using story as a teaching tool is not new to education. Effective educators do it instinctively, using stories to illustrate lessons and make learning relevant for students. Here D'Ambrosio advocates for a more formalized use of story to help young adults find their way in a world full of mixed messages and morals. He makes connections between classic stories like The Odyssey and the lives of modern teens, offering parents and educators tips on how to use story to boost student self-confidence, deal with bullies, and avoid the pitfalls of substance abuse. Although a few of D' Ambrosio's connections are interesting, unfortunately there is really very little here that is new. Many of his methods seem more idealistic than practical, and at times, his tone borders on condescending. Aside from The Odyssey, used as an example in every chapter, most of the examples of story that D' Ambrosio supplies are actually films. Sample discussion questions are given for addressing each life issue, but little advice is offered on how to actively engage students to produce effective results. Without creative planning, most of D' Ambrosio's questions will likely lead to just another "feel good" activity that has little long-term effect on students. Schools or parents with a particular interest in using story for instruction might glean a few ideas from this book, but they will find more information on using story for results in books like Annette Simmons's The Story Factor: Inspiration, Influence, and Persuasion Through the Art of Storytelling (Basic Books, 2002).
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781578864768
  • Publisher: The Rowman & Littlefield Publishing Group Inc
  • Publication date: 7/10/2006
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction : open your eyes!
Ch. 1 The adventure begins 1
Ch. 2 Seeking one's place in the world 13
Ch. 3 Calypso's snare 29
Ch. 4 Numbing the pain 39
Ch. 5 Giants in the land 49
Ch. 6 The siren's song 61
Ch. 7 Shadow of death 75
Ch. 8 Father's time 85
Ch. 9 Mother's nature, by Stacy Gallagher 103
Ch. 10 Passing through the veil 113
Ch. 11 Closer to the heart 129
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