Classic Connections: Turning Teens on to Great Literature by Holly Koelling

By Holly Koelling

Getting children to learn, less get pleasure from vintage literary fiction is an on-going problem for educators and librarians. besides the fact that, Holly Koelling?€”author, YA librarian, and booktalker extraordinaire-offers numerous options for emerging to that problem and effectively making a choice on, providing, and connecting kids with nice literature within the library and at school. This publication defines classics and discusses why they're vital, then presents a step by step approach for locating the hooks that allure kids, teaching your self approximately vintage literature, and motivating and encouraging readers. this is often an upbeat, information-packed advisor that anybody operating with teenager readers will consult with back and again.Readers' advisory innovations making use of the style method, allure gains, and different lures are mentioned besides a number of courses and promotions that may support kids extra deeply enjoy the classics they read?€”from booktalks, booklists, and monitors to readers' theatre, teenager e-book golf equipment, and studies. Brimming with anecdotes and useful examples, vintage Connections additionally comprises an in depth bibliography of classics for teenagers assets. this can be an upbeat, information-packed advisor, and when you paintings with youngster readers, you are going to seek advice from it many times. if you end up via, you may simply have the kids struggling with over those vital works!

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Sounds like good stuff. Fortunately, I have read this book and it is good stuff. But having done so, I’m certain it’s not going to be the most successful choice for an average reader in the 8th grade. Sure, it’s short, but it takes a long time to read. The language is antiquated and quite a challenge to settle in to even Get to Know the Classics—Read! as an experienced reader. What average 8th grade reader is going to be sucked in to a book in which the opening sentence—with the sole purpose of informing the reader that the story takes place in “Tarry Town”— is seventy-nine words long, and in which that gangly schoolteacher is referred to as an “affrighted pedagogue”?

Classics are packed full of the most powerful expressions and reflections of the human condition, a condition with which teens can and will relate, at least to some degree, even if they haven’t yet experienced its many facets. Teens understand well enough, and sometimes deeply, grief, hatred, heroic salvation, poverty, disease, and loss of identity in a cruel world.

She feels “the classics teach that teens are not singular or alone, that in fact what they experience is not just their condition, but the human condition” (2002). In reading, teens may find good company with those facing dilemmas within a book’s pages, and this may both comfort them and contribute to more successful ethical decision making in their own futures. The exposure through reading good and important books is significant to the ethical development and choice-making skills of both children and 13 14 Classic Connections teens.

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