Teachers Rick Ayers and Amy Crawford always wanted to find a guide to the vast world of great books for teenagers-one that didn't talk down or moralize. When they couldn't find one, they set out to create it.
An early prototype offered at Cody's Bookstore in Berkeley, California, was an instant success. "Great Books for High School Kids" is the culmination of their efforts.
Collecting recommendations and essays from colleagues and advisers around the country, this is a rollicking, thoughtful, against-the-grain guide that challenges stodgy notions of what great books are and what kids are ready for.
The book starts with seven essays by high school teachers about exciting, exemplary experiences they have had reading books with students in the classroom-from Dorothy Allison's "Bastard Out of Carolina" to Toni Morrison's "Song of Solomon" to Aeschylus's "Oresteia" trilogy.
Augmented by an index of more than seventy subjects, the book also has an annotated list of hundreds of Recommended Great Books. The recommendations are playful and irreverent, ambitious and entertaining, and they go way beyond traditional reading lists. From classics to the unexpected, from literary novels to nonfiction, some drama, and even a little poetry, these are all books that teenagers have read with pleasure and can read on their own.
"Great Books for High School Kids" is an invitation and a sourcebook for inspiring passionate, lifelong readers-a book that could seriously change the lives of teachers, of families, and of kids.
|Overcoming childhood||p. 1|
|Dorothy Allison's Bastard out of Carolina|
|Amy Crawford : great books about childhood stories|
|Amy Crawford : great books about abuse and recovery|
|Can you find your future in your past?||p. 22|
|Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon|
|Dean Blase : great books about legacies : the identities we inherit from the past|
|Dean Blase : great books about the political struggle for freedom|
|How dangerous can a book be?||p. 38|
|Mark Twain's The adventures of Huckleberry Finn|
|Emily Donaldson : great books about talking back : making moral choices in an immoral world|
|Emily Donaldson : great books about journey to adulthood|
|Suffering unto truth : do you think your future is fated?||p. 61|
|Rick Ayers : great books about Hubris and Nemesis|
|Rick Ayers : great books about is your future fated?|
|Rick Ayers : great books about the cycle of violence|
|Spiritual journeys : what is the path to enlightenment?||p. 78|
|Rudolfo Anaya's Bless me, Ultima|
|Bonnie Katzive : great books about spiritual journeys|
|Bonnie Katzive : great books about fathers and sons|
|Culture and survival||p. 91|
|Sherman Alexie's Reservation blues|
|Sarah Talbot : great books about history reimagined|
|Sarah Talbot : great books about gotta laugh to keep from crying|
|Sarah Talbot : great books about cultural survival|
|True war stories : how do you know what happened if all you did was see it?||p. 104|
|Tim O'Brien's The things they carried|
|Lauren Jackson and Alan James : great books about true war stories|
|Lauren Jackson and Alan James : great books about parallel universes of human experience|
|Lauren Jackson and Alan James : great books about the Rashomon effect : fiction and nonfiction told from shifting perspectives|
|Recommended great books for high school kids||p. 119|
|Author list||p. 183|
|Title list||p. 187|
|Index of subject list||p. 192|
|Subject list||p. 194|
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Number Of Pages: 260
Published: 15th May 2004
Publisher: Beacon Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 15.24 x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Type: Annotated