Saturday, August 4, 2012

That was Then, This is Now (Book Poster)

In a couple of weeks, I will be doing an in-service for secondary ELA teachers about current Y.A. literature. Many of my teachers will tell me they don't have time to read 'new' books, because they're so busy reading and teaching the classics. The librarian/eternal teenager in me argues we're doing our students a disservice by not keeping abreast of what they're reading NOW - not saying you've got to read it all, just be aware of trends and the bigger titles. We do an even greater disservice to students when current literature is treated as somehow 'less' than the classics. Yeah, yeah, yeah we don't call the classics CLAHHHSSICS for nothing, but the themes that pervade in classics such as 1984 and To Kill a Mockingbird can be found in quality Y.A. lit today - Hunger Games and Shine, anyone? And who out there can argue we won't be talking about The Fault In Our Stars a decade or two or three from now? Quite frankly, I don't want to live in a world where my grandchildren aren't as swept up in the tragic love story of Hazel and Augustus as much as I was!

Obviously, this poster touches on just a few of the themes and titles that apply. I hope to do more in the near future with correlating traditional classics with current classics (great oxymoron, that!) for teachers and students to make connections and read. Feel free to use.  

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