This resource for teachers in grades 7-12 explains how to use recent young adult literature (YAL) to help students better comprehend the classics. Herz and Gallo (both former English literature teachers) describe a thematic approach that teaches a canonical text such as The Grapes of Wrath together with more accessible YAL titles that address similar issues. In addition to listings of a number of new YAL titles, the second edition features profiles of five exemplary school and public library programs aimed at encouraging teen readers. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
The new edition of this professional classic addresses a need in many schools. Aimed at teachers and librarians, the text offers personal experiences, testimonials, data, and theory for incorporating young adult literature into classrooms. Early chapters, expanded and rewritten, describe Herz's experience "discovering" young adult literature and incorporating it into her classroom. These early chapters will be a resource for teachers and librarians arguing for the inclusion of young adult literature in their curriculum, although surveys and data cited are often dated, and some suggested strategies for convincing skeptical teachers and administrators of the worth of body of literature would be a great addition. More recent information on reading trends, in light of the rise in teen use of the Internet and the explosion in publishing for teens, would also be relevant and interesting. Despite the value of the first half of the book, its true worth becomes apparent in the later chapters. The authors include suggestions for using young adult literature in the classroom, including a chapter listing commonly taught classics alongside young adult titles with shared themes. The authors outline the "theme connections" between works and provide lists of other recommended materials. Sample assignments and suggestions for new ways to teach literature are included. The authors also include suggestions for moving young adult literature out of the English classroom and across the curriculum and provide an extensive list of resources that provide more information about young adult books. This resource is a must-have for all school libraries and one to be considered for public libraries as well. Librariesthat use the first edition would do well to consider purchasing the second. Although much of the information in the early chapters is similar, Herz and Gallo have updated their recommended young adult titles to include recently published books. 2005, Greenwood, 265p.; Index. Biblio., PLB . Ages adult professional.