ERIC Number: ED491876
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-30
Classic Connections: Turning Teens on to Great Literature
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. Table of Contents contains the following: (1) Preface; (2) Introduction; (3) Laying the Groundwork; (4) What Are the Classics and What's in Them for Teens?; (5) Get to Know the Classics: READ!; (6) Understand the Classics without a Ph.D.; (7) Make Sense of Teens as Growing People and as Readers; (8) Find and Combine Classics to Attract Teens Readers; (9) Making It Happen; (10) Develop, Maintain, and Display Your Classics Collection for Teens; (11) Be a Successful Classics Readers' Advisor with Teens in Your Library or School; (12) Fit Classics into Teen Reading Programs and Other Activities; (13) Booktalk the Classics to Teens; and (14) Promote the Classics in Schools and Your Teen Community. The following are appended: (1) An Annotated List of Free Full-Text Classics Online; (2) An Annotated List of Resources about Classics and the Canon; and (3) More Classics Lists, Fiction and Nonfiction.
Descriptors: Reading Programs, Classics (Literature), Adolescents, Reading Motivation, Student Motivation, Reading Materials, Annotated Bibliographies, Librarians, Library Role
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Teachers
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