The “Best Of” For Students Books: What’s New!

The “Best Of” For Students Books: What’s New!

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| By Michelle Lee, Sr Content Developer |

Our new For Students “Best Of” volumes feature brand-new entries on works that have been previously covered in the series.  The entries—completely rewritten and refreshed—contain all new criticism and images and include new For Student features, such as a modernized page design.

Title page from the updated To Kill a Mockingbird entry in the Best of Novels for Students, Volume 60, featuring a new page design.

 

Title page from the original To Kill a Mockingbird entry in Novels for Students, Volume 2.

The “Best Of” volumes contain all the features you’ve come to expect in the For Students series, including an author biography, plot summaries and character descriptions, and a discussion of the themes, style, and historical context of the work. In addition, entries include a critical overview, criticism, as well as a list of sources, suggestions for further reading, and search terms. Each element has been updated to reflect the needs of today’s students.

In addition, the entries contain the following new classroom-friendly sidebars:

  • Primary Sources and Other Links: a list of primary sources and other content relevant to the author or work. The list may include links to such sources as author interviews or websites, historical documents, organization websites, articles or podcasts, etc.
  • Critical Thinking Questions: a list of questions pertaining to the novel that encourage critical thinking skills. These study questions spur a deeper examination and understanding of the work.
  • Activities for the Classroom: a list of research or discussion topics and group activities or projects dealing with the novel. Activities may include reports and presentations, performances, debates, social media and blog posts, etc.
Primary Sources & Other Links sidebar from the updated To Kill a Mockingbird entry in the Best of Novels for Students, Volume 60.
Critical Thinking Questions sidebar from the updated To Kill a Mockingbird entry in the Best of Novels for Students, Volume 60.

The Best of Novels for Students, Volume 60, is now available. Two more “Best Of” volumes will be released this year: Best of Poetry for Students, Volume 61 (June 2019) and Best of Short Stories for Students, Volume 50 (November 2019).  The Best of Drama for Students, Volume 37, is set to publish in April 2020.

Our For Students titles are student, librarian, and reader-friendly. They are specifically designed to meet the curricular needs of high school and undergraduate college students and their teachers, as well as the interests of general readers and researchers.


Meet the Author


Michelle is a senior content developer at Gale, where she works on the K12 Curriculum and Humanities team. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and going for walks with her dog, Moose.


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