Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier (Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Ser.)

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Robert Cormier's works are read and enjoyed by countless young adults. He is widely considered the most important young adult novelist, a creator of fully realized, memorable characters whose worlds reflect the issues and thought-provoking themes important to everyone, but especially adolescents. In Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier noted young adult literature advocate and teacher Virginia Monseau helps you bring the works of this masterful writer into your ...
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Overview

Robert Cormier's works are read and enjoyed by countless young adults. He is widely considered the most important young adult novelist, a creator of fully realized, memorable characters whose worlds reflect the issues and thought-provoking themes important to everyone, but especially adolescents. In Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier noted young adult literature advocate and teacher Virginia Monseau helps you bring the works of this masterful writer into your classroom.

Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier draws on the experiences of two high school teachers and a middle school teacher who use Cormier's novels in their English classes. It offers classroom-tested ideas, lessons, and assignments that enrich the study of his works and encourage their inclusion in the curriculum, as well as samples of student writing and artwork created in response to his books. In addition, where previous publications have dealt almost exclusively with Cormier's earlier books, Monseau instead focuses on his powerful but less frequently taught works, including:

  • Tunes for Bears to Dance To
  • Heroes
  • The Rag and Bone Shop
  • Frenchtown Summer.

Monseau also offers practical advice on teaching Cormier's famed After the First Death, focusing on both its timeless appeal and its currency and relevancy to young adult readers.

Show your middle and high school readers the beauty and poignancy of Robert Cormier's writing. Pick up Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier and find out how you and your students can together approach his work in a new, more responsive way. You'll not only renew your own sense of the value of young adult literature in the curriculum but you'll also rediscover for yourself why Cormier remains one of the most important and most-loved writers among both adolescents and their teachers.

Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier is part of Heinemann's Young Adult Novels in the Classroom series. Edited by Virginia Monseau, the series offers entry points, insights, and strategies for teaching the works of noted young adult authors, including Robert Cormier and Mildred D. Taylor with forthcoming books on Katherine Patterson, Walter Dean Myers, Gary Paulsen, and Chris Crutcher.

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VOYA - Jonatha Masters
Teachers are always looking for fresh and new ideas when incorporating novels into the curriculum. Help for teachers with this problem can be found in the Young Adult Novels in the Classroom series. In Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier, Monseau focuses on five Cormier novels. The guide includes a synopsis of each story, themes that are explored, classroom activities, and ways to help teachers defend these novels if a parent or administrator questions the content. Cormier has long been known for his controversial story lines; however, it is also these edgy topics that appeal to many young adults. They find a sort of camaraderie with the characters and the struggles that they face. The guide also includes a chronology of Cormier's major works, a selected teacher resource page, and works cited. The guide for Mildred D. Taylor is similar in format. This guide feels a little more complete because of the continuity among the selections. Crowe provides the reader with a list of characters, the setting, and a plot summary for each novel. He also includes pre-reading questions, writing topics, questions for writing and discussion, and making text-to-text connections to other stories. For classroom teachers trying to broaden their students' horizons with young adult literature, this reviewer would suggest picking up these guidebooks. There are some wonderful resources that can be found within their pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325007458
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 1/30/2007
  • Series: Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.22 (d)

Meet the Author

Virginia Monseau is Professor Emerita of English at Youngstown State University, where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses in young adult literature, children's literature, composition, and English methods. She has published numerous books, articles, and reviews on young adult literature and the teaching of literature. A former high school teacher, she is a past editor of English Journal and a past president of ALAN, NCTE's Assembly on Literature for Adolescents. The series editor of Heinemann's Young Adult Novels in the Classroom Series, Monseau is also the author of Teaching the Selected Works of Robert Cormier (2007).
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