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Classic Connections: Turning Teens on to Great Literature

Classic Connections: Turning Teens on to Great Literature

by Holly Koelling


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Getting teens to read, much less enjoy classic literary fiction is an on-going challenge for educators and librarians. However, Holly Koelling—author, YA librarian, and booktalker extraordinaire-offers a variety of techniques for rising to that challenge and successfully selecting, presenting, and connecting teens with great literature in the library and in school. This book defines classics and discusses why they are important, then provides a step-by-step process for finding the hooks that attract teens, educating yourself about classic literature, and motivating and inspiring readers. This is an upbeat, information-packed guide that anyone working with teen readers will refer to again and again.

Readers' advisory techniques employing the genre approach, appeal features, and other lures are discussed along with a variety of programs and promotions that will help teens more deeply appreciate the classics they read—from booktalks, booklists, and displays to readers' theatre, teen book clubs, and reviews. Brimming with anecdotes and practical examples, Classic Connections also includes an extensive bibliography of classics for teens and professional resources. This is an upbeat, information-packed guide, and if you work with teen readers, you'll refer to it again and again. When you're through, you might just have the teens fighting over these important works!

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591580720
Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/30/2004
Series: Libraries Unlimited Professional Guides for Young Adult Librarians Series
Pages: 432
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

HOLLY KOELLING is Young Adult/Reference Librarian, Bothell Regional Library, King County Library System, Washington, and a reviewer for Booklist, among other professional journals.

Table of Contents



Laying the Groundwork

What Are the Classics and What's in Them for Teens?

Get to Know the Classics: READ!

Understand the Classics without a Ph.D.

Make Sense of Teens as Growing People and as Readers

Find and Combine Classics to Attract Teens Readers

Making It Happen

Develop, Maintain, and Display Your Classics Collection for Teens

Be a Successful Classics Readers' Advisor with Teens in Your Library or School

Fit Classics into Teen Reading Programs and Other Activities

Booktalk the Classics to Teens

Promote the Classics in Schools and Your Teen Community

Appendix A: An Annotated List of Free Full-Text Classics Online

Appendix B: An Annotated List of Resources about Classics and the Canon

Appendix C: More Classics Lists, Fiction and Nonfiction

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