If you would like to encourage your teens to continue reading over the summer, and maybe get through some of those “required reading” classics, here are some audio/visual resources that may help:
SYNC Young Adult Audio Books and Classics
Throughout the summer, Audiofile Magazine is offering free downloads of selected classics and YA bestsellers. They are presenting the audiobooks in pairs, matching YA titles with classics that have similar themes. For example, Laini Taylor's Daughter of Smoke and Bone, the first book in a new series about a girl who opens a door to two otherworldly cities at war, will be paired with Charles Dicken's A Tale of Two Cities. Each week, starting from June 14, a pair of audiobooks will be offered. Click here for the schedule.
Video Summaries/Analyses of the Classics
60 Second Recap features video overviews of classic literature, such as Huck Finn, 1984, Shakespeare plays, and more. For each classic, there is a discussion of the plot, characters, themes, motifs and symbols, broken down into 60 second chunks. The site has a resources page that gives definitions of literary elements (allegory, satire, etc.), tips on how to write a paper, and tips on how you can communicate effectively in 60 seconds.