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Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation and Appreciation
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Connect with your adolescent students–while helping them connect with great literature.
Contemporary and practical, the second edition of Young Adult Literature: Exploration, Evaluation, and Appreciation remains comprehensive enough to ensure that teachers understand today’s adolescents and the literature that engages them, while still remaining brief enough to give teachers the opportunity to read the books discussed.
With a continued focus on understanding the world of today’s students, this text includes the most current readings that will help teachers provide a rich educational experience for adolescents throughout the middle and secondary curriculum. Young Adult Literature covers a number of diverse genres — such as horror, humor, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels and comic books — with the simple goal of helping teachers nourish and develop their students’ love of reading, whatever their interests may be. This is not an encyclopedic reference book of the past, but rather a modern resource for teachers who want to connect with each one of their students through literature.
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KEY BENEFIT: This fresh approach to young adult literature shows teachers how to connect with their adolescent students and connect their students with good literature. Comprehensive enough to ensure that teachers understand today's adolescents and the literature that will engage them, yet slim enough to ensure readers have the opportunity to read the books themselves, this book helps teachers provide a rich educational experience for adolescents throughout the middle and secondary curriculum while nourishing their love of reading. Thoroughly updated, the text continues to address adolescent culture and the types of literature that engage adolescents, including horror, graphic novels, Japanese manga comic books, and many forms of media, more thoroughly and insightfully than any other on the market. Middle and Secondary In-service Teachers and Reading Specialists.
This innovative text includes the most current readings that will help teachers provide a rich educational experience for adolescents throughout the middle and secondary curriculum--while nourishing their love of reading. This is not an encyclopedic reference book of the past--but rather a cutting edge resource for teachers who want to connect with their techno-savvy 21st century students and in turn connect them to the literature of today. Using themes of exploration and connecting to literature--the authors emphasize actual reading of books, rather than reading about them. The authors also encourage using the Internet to expand our knowledge and interest of literature. Finally, the text contains the most current materials that will get adolescents reading–horror, humor, mystery, science fiction, fantasy, graphic novels and comic books.
About the Author
A former school library media specialist and public librarian, Dr. Katherine Bucher has written several books including Teaching in the Middle School (2009), Classroom Management; Models Applications and Cases (2007), and Books about the Middle East (2008), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. In 2008, she retired from the Department of Curriculum and Instruction at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia where she served as assistant department chair and graduate program director for the school library program.
KaaVonia Hinton is an assistant professor in the Darden College of Education at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia. She is the author of Angela Johnson: Poetic Prose (2006) and Sharon Draper: Embracing Literacy (2009), and co-author (with Gail K. Dickinson) of Integrating Multicultural Literature in Libraries and Classrooms in Secondary Schools (2007).
Table of Contents
PART I Defining Adolescents and Their Literature
Chapter 1 Understanding Young Adult Literature
Chapter 2 Reviewing and Evaluating Young Adult Literature
PART II Connecting Adolescents and Their Literature
Chapter 3 Teaching, Using, and Appreciating Young Adult Literature
Chapter 4 Protecting Intellectual Freedom
PART III Exploring Young adult Literature
Chapter 5 Exploring Contemporary Realistic Fiction
Chapter 6 Exploring Adventure, Mystery, and Humor
Chapter 7 Exploring Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Horror
Chapter 8 Exploring Historical Fiction
Chapter 9 Exploring Biography
Chapter 10 Exploring Nonfiction/information Books
Chapter 11 Exploring Poetry, Drama, and Short Stories
Chapter 12 Exploring Other formats: Comics, Graphic (comic-format) Novels, Picture Books, and Magazines.
Index — complete subject, author, title index
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