Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers Cope with End-of-Life Issues

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Losing a loved one is a scary and confusing event for teenagers, but one that can be made easier through the use of literature and informed mentoring from a caring adult. This teacher friendly reference resource and bibliography provides tools for those who work with young adults to help them come to terms with the grieving process. Literacy experts and counseling professionals are uniquely paired in each chapter to explore specific types of loss and ways in which professionals can help students to explore their ...

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Overview

Losing a loved one is a scary and confusing event for teenagers, but one that can be made easier through the use of literature and informed mentoring from a caring adult. This teacher friendly reference resource and bibliography provides tools for those who work with young adults to help them come to terms with the grieving process. Literacy experts and counseling professionals are uniquely paired in each chapter to explore specific types of loss and ways in which professionals can help students to explore their feelings by reading about those in similar situations. This novel approach encourages young people to cope with their losses while improving their literacy skills.

Aware of the many ways in which adolescents can suffer loss, Allen has chosen a different theme for each chapter. These themes vary from coping with the death of a parent, to coping with violent deaths, to coping with an AIDS-related death. Annotated bibliographies in each chapter provide a wealth of information for those seeking the materials they need to address these issues, and original pieces written by young adult authors provide a rich context from which to work.

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Editorial Reviews

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This book, part of a six-volume Using Literature to Help Troubled Teenagers series, provides a bibliotherapeutic focus for educators working with teens who are coping with grief and loss. The series pairs literature experts with therapists in an attempt to provide structured activities and useful bibliographies for educators assisting troubled teens. This volume addresses such topics as the death of a parent or sibling, death resulting from school violence, and teen suicide. Each chapter in the book is introduced by a poignant letter or poem from a highly recognized author, such as Sharon Draper and Ralph Fletcher, illuminating the topic being covered. The chapter goes on to focus on an analysis of a well-known work of fiction that deals with the topic and then describes structured therapeutic activities to use with teens in the classroom. At the end of each chapter is an annotated bibliography of selected books, both fiction and nonfiction. Also included with the bibliographies are lists of organizations and support groups and source notes. The book provides a wealth of information for educators hoping to provide guidance to troubled teens, but the activities are meant for a classroom setting and would not be useful to most public librarians. The annotated bibliographies, although not extensive, could be helpful in providing readers' advisory to teens coping with these issues. Large public libraries with extensive parent or teacher collections and school librarians would benefit from the purchase of this book. Index. Biblio. Source Notes. Further Reading. 2002, Greenwood, 264p. PLB
— Jan Chapman
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Meet the Author

JANET ALLEN is an international consultant recognized for her literacy work with at-risk students. She is the author of It's Never Too Late: Leading Adolescents to Lifelong Literacy, There's Room for Me Here: Literacy Workshop in the Middle School, Words, Words, Words: Teaching Vocabulary in Grades 4-12, and Yellow Brick Roads: Shared and Guided Paths to Independent Reading 4-12.

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword
A Letter from Robert Cormier
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Shared Grieving and Celebration
"Grey" 1
Ch. 1 Helping Teens Cope through Sharing Their Stories about Death 3
A Letter from Angela Shelf Medearis 23
"Immune" 24
Ch. 2 Discovering Life in Death: Confronting AIDS-Related End-of-Life Issues in It Happened to Nancy 25
A Letter from Paul B. Janeczko 57
"So Many Days" 58
Ch. 3 Giving Words to the Grief: Using Two Moons in August, Saying It Out Loud, and Tiger Eyes to Explore the Death of a Parent 61
"A Steaming Bowl of Happiness" from Fig Pudding 87
A Letter from Ralph Fletcher 88
Ch. 4 Making Sense of Sibling Loss: Using A Summer to Die as a Guide through the Grief Journey 91
A Letter from Jan Cheripko 105
Ch. 5 The Legacies of Our Lives: Exploring the Loss of a Grandparent with A Ring of Endless Light 109
From Tenderness 143
Ch. 6 Pencils, Books, and Guns: Violence Goes to School 145
A Letter from Sharon Draper 169
"Bandaids and Five-Dollar Bills" 171
Ch. 7 The Year without Michael: Exploring Unresolved End-of-Life Issues 173
A Letter from Sara Holbrook 189
"One, Taken to Heart ... for Wendy" 190
Ch. 8 Remembering the Good Times: Making a Life Memorable after Suicide 193
"Finals" 211
Index 213
About the Contributors 227
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