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Class #1, November 4

Class #1, November 4. Welcome (and housekeeping) E. L. Konigsburg presentation Brief history of books for adolescents Book jargon and genres Literary elements Books for browsing Joey Pigza Finding books Meet in author presentation groups. Chapter book paper (20%) Three pages

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Class #1, November 4

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  1. Class #1, November 4 • Welcome (and housekeeping) • E. L. Konigsburg presentation • Brief history of books for adolescents • Book jargon and genres • Literary elements • Books for browsing • Joey Pigza • Finding books • Meet in author presentation groups

  2. Chapter book paper (20%) • Three pages • Re-read a book you enjoyed as a child • Describe and analyze the difference between your two readings

  3. Introductions

  4. Written assignments and grading • In-class and online book discussion (20%) • Chapter Book paper (20%) • Group presentation (20%) • Annotated bibliography (40%)

  5. Reading assignments • Required reading • 10 assigned children’s books (realism, fantasy, historical fiction, nonfiction, verse) • From Cover to Cover by K. T. Horning • Four recommended books • The Pleasures of Children’s Literature by Perry Nodelman • Using Multiethnic Literature in the K–8 Classroom edited by Violet J. Harris • The Essential Guide to Children’s Books and Their Creators edited by Anita Silvey • 500 Great Books for Teens by Anita Silvey • All books in JCRL, on reserve at Gutman, and available at Coop (and Amazon, etc.)

  6. Class and online discussions (20%) • Discussion board on class website • In lieu of book journal • Password protected • Submit a posting about one book or add to an existing string every week (by 5 p.m. Monday) • Respond to reading, recommend other books, continue topics from previous classes • In-class discussion in small groups • Three diverse groups • Moderated by instructor or TF

  7. Group presentation (20%) • Sign up for author tonight • Groups of two or three students • 5–7 minute oral presentation • Share sample of his/her work • Biographical information, career highlights • Resources

  8. E. L. Konigsburg presentationChristina DobbsJen DiBara

  9. Annotated bibliography (40%) Fill out a 3 x 5 card with topic or ideas Examples might be: • Books to support a fourth grade history unit on the Civil War. • Books for seventh and eighth grade girls about surviving relationships • Books for sixth grade urban boys • Books to supplement a fifth grade science class • Books on immigration for fifth and sixth grades visit http://www.doe.mass.edu/frameworks/current.html for ideas

  10. Annotated bibliography (40%) • Fiction and nonfiction in a range of reading levels (grades 5–9) • Introductory paragraph • 15 books with short annotations • 12-15 in your focus topic • Last 3 can be on other related topics • Bibliography shared with class on website At least twelve of the titles must be books you had not read before this course.

  11. Course website http://isites.harvard.edu:80/icb/icb.do?keyword=k40264

  12. Syllabus changes Hilary Breed Van DusenMoved to November 18 Author presentationsMoved around as a result Lois Lowry still December 9Now joined by Jack Gantos and Mitali Perkins

  13. History of children’s books Oral tradition — all ages, not just children • Aesop, Greece, c. 620-560 BCE • “Mother Goose” first published mid-1600s but origins probably in France, 8th c. or earlier • Charles Perrault, France, 1608-1723 • Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm, Germany 1785-1863 • Hans Christian Andersen, Denmark, 1805-1875 • Joel Chandler Harris, USA, 1848-1908

  14. History of children’s books Publishing • 1600s to 1800s: Moral stories • Gradually more entertaining, less moralizing • Late 1800s children’s magazines (St. Nicholas) & serialized novels • 1906 Anne Carroll Moore, NYPL • 1916 Bookshop for Boys and Girls (Bertha Mahony Miller) • 1919 first children’s department (Macmillan) • 1922 Newbery Medal • 1924 Horn Book (Bertha Mahony Miller)

  15. Books for adolescents Key books 1857 Tom Brown’s School Days by Thomas Hughes 1883 Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson 1908 Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery 1938 The Yearling by Margery Kinnan Rawlings 1954 The Lord of the Flies by William Golding (adult) 1954 The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger (adult) 1960 To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (adult) 1967 The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton 1974 The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier 1975 Forever by Judy Blume 1982 Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden

  16. Publishing for adolescents • 1960s-1980s boom in YA (Title II funds for school libraries) • 1966 BBYA list from ALA • 1988 Margaret A. Edwards Award (lifetime achievement award for author of popular YA literature) • 2000 Michael L. Printz Award • Graphic novels

  17. Themes in books for adolescents • Adolescence • Coming of age • “Problem novels” • Eating disorders • Sexuality • Drugs • Death • Dysfunctional families • All of the above

  18. Breaking down books (divisions and subdivisions) Publishing categories • Books for adults • Books for children (including YA) Within children’s books • Trade books • Text books • Mass market books

  19. Breaking down books Within children’s trade books • Fiction • Nonfiction Within nonfiction • Information books • Poetry • Traditional literature

  20. Breaking down books Genres in books for adolescents • Contemporary realistic fiction • Fantasy (high fantasy, science fiction, magical realism) • Historical fiction • Information books (Science, history, geography, etc.)

  21. Breaking down books Labeling & leveling books • Chapter book • YA book (young adult) • Middle school; High school (Horn Book Magazine) • Intermediate; Older (Horn Book Guide) • Grades 4-6; YA (Guide Online) • 12 & up; 14 & up (publishers)

  22. Literary elements • Plot • Characterization • Point of View • Setting • Style • Theme

  23. More booksShort flash book talksChristina’s book talk?

  24. Jack Gantos • b. 1951 in Mt. Pleasant, PA • Family moved around (Barbados, Puerto Rico, South Florida…) • Hole in My Life (memoir) • Emerson College • Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key(1998) NBA finalist • Joey Pigza Loses Control(2000) Newbery Honor Book • Love Curse of the Rumbaughs (2006) YA, gothic, but funny (creepy identical twins, eugenics, taxidermy) • Characters with good intentions but a knack for getting into trouble

  25. Jack Gantos web resources Jack Gantos’s website (lots of stuff, links to teacher resources) http://www.jackgantos.com/ Blog interview http://blaine.org/sevenimpossiblethings/?p=937 Another interview http://www.embracingthechild.org/agantos.html Reading Rocket interview on his roots as a writer http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=6164484228373808688 Audio interview http://www.holtzbrinckpublishers.com/images/Books/Audio/0374399417.ram

  26. Finding books • Horn Book Guide OnlineUsername: gseharvardPassword: library • Public libraries • University librariesHarvard, Lesley, Simmons • Jeanne Chall Reading Lab

  27. Next class—in 2 weeks • Chapter book response paper due • Upload personal info form by 11/11 • Read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian and The London Eye Mystery • Post to discussion board • Presentations on Avi and Kate DiCamillo • Guest speaker: Hilary Breed Van Dusen

  28. http://www.cnn.com

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