From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics

From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics

From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics

From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges between Young Adult Literature and the Classics

Synopsis

The literary classics that are traditionally required in grades 7-12 are often too complex and removed from adolescent experience. This highly readable guide, from a classroom teacher and one of the nation's leading authorities on young adult literature, shows teachers and school librarians how to use young adult literature as a bridge to the classics to help students become more critical and enthusiastic readers. Innovative thematic connectors link quality young adult novels, many of them multicultural, to the 12 most frequently taught works of literature. Extensive annotated lists of additional works of young adult literature complement each of these 12 classics. Herz and Gallo also show how young adult books can be incorporated into other subject classes.

Excerpt

When more than one author's name is on a book, readers often want to know how much of the book was written by each one, and whether they worked side-by-side in concert or whether each person wrote different parts of the work. For the curious, let it be known that with the exception of the final two sections of Chapter 4 and all of Chapter 7, which I wrote, Sarah Herz wrote almost everything else. I handled the major editing of the book, made recommendations for rewriting, suggested additional sources, and added a bit here and there. So when you see "I" throughout this book, other than on this page, that is Sarah speaking about her experiences. Elsewhere we have used the collective "we." Thus, although this book was the result of a cooperative effort, Sarah Herz did most of the work.

Donald Gallo . . .

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