ERIC Number: ED155664
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978-May
They're Reading the Series Books So Let's Use Them; or, Who Is Shaun Cassidy?
Abrahamson, Richard F.
Concerned with the need to stimulate reading pleasure for older adolescents, this document outlines a high school reading unit that capitalizes on the perennial popularity of series books such as Nancy Drew, the Hardy Boys, and Tom Swift. Suggested activities include having students reflect on their personal reading and write a fictional sketch about a favorite author; research a series author to discover the multi-author approach of the series books; compare older versions with newer revised books to uncover sexism, racism, and stereotypes; and discuss stilted dialogue, one dimensional characters, and formula writing. The study of the series books can be extended to include the serial dime novels of the 1800s with their heavy moralizing, poor characterization, and stunted dialogue, or a historical approach to the author Horatio Alger and his rags-to-riches novels set in the later 1800s. (MAI)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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