Teaching the Selected Works of Gary Paulsen (Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Series)
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Teaching the Selected Works of Gary Paulsen (Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Series)

by Gary Salvner, Virginia Monseau
     
 

ISBN-10: 0325009880

ISBN-13: 9780325009889

Pub. Date: 08/17/2009

Publisher: Heinemann

"Over a writing career of forty-plus years, Gary Paulsen has published over 200 books. He has tried virtually everything in writing. Yet in all the variety, there are noticeable patterns in his work. An advantage of using Paulsen in the classroom is that the patterns are visible and common, and even fairly young readers will notice them. These patterns uncover

Overview

"Over a writing career of forty-plus years, Gary Paulsen has published over 200 books. He has tried virtually everything in writing. Yet in all the variety, there are noticeable patterns in his work. An advantage of using Paulsen in the classroom is that the patterns are visible and common, and even fairly young readers will notice them. These patterns uncover some of what we want to teach students about both the pleasures and the intricacies of good literature."

Gary Salver knows that no reading of Paulsen the writer is complete without reference to Paulsen the adventurer. In Teaching the Selected Works of Gary Paulsen, Salvner shows you how the themes of Paulsen's colorful life become discernible patterns in his writings.

Salvner brings alive many voices in this book. His email correspondence with Paulsen himself is quoted extensively, offering insights never heard before. Teachers who have successfully brought Paulsen's work to their students share their reflections. Even the words of students who make new discoveries about literature and the world around them are found all through Salvner's book.

Salvner shows teachers how literature circles and reading/writing workshop can work in tandem with Paulsen's writing to teach everything from point-of-view as a literary device to multiculturalism and identity. In each chapter Salvner presents a number of Paulsen's writings, offering an overview of storylines and suggested teaching techniques.

You'll find classroom-tested units of study, and individual lessons and activities to teach a range of themes and patterns:

  • The Survival Theme
  • The Coming of Age Theme
  • The Social Justice and Multicultural Theme
  • Recurring Character Types
  • Recognizable Style Features

In Teaching the Selected Works of Gary Paulsen you'll find a variety of approaches to teaching reading, writing, and literary analysis through the work of a well-recognized master of young adult literature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780325009889
Publisher:
Heinemann
Publication date:
08/17/2009
Series:
Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Series
Pages:
83
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
11 - 15 Years

Table of Contents

Acknowledge xi

1 Gary Paulsen-Writer and Adventure 1

2 Hatchet and Brian Books: Paulsen's Tales of Survival 6

3 The Monument: Gary Paulsen in a Workshop Classroom 26

4 The Crossing and Other Multicultural Books: Learning About Self and Others 42

5 Other Patterns, Other Teaching 63

Chronology: Gary Paulsen's Selected Works 78

Works Cited 81

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