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This is a Reading Map that will guide readers to resources--both fiction and non-fiction--that will enhance the experience of reading a Sharyn McCrumb "Ballad" novel.

This is a Reading Map that will guide readers to resources--both fiction and non-fiction--that will enhance the experience of reading a Sharyn McCrumb "Ballad" novel.

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  • 1. A Reading Map Presentation by Natalie Morgan SLIS 5410 / Spring Term 2007 Final Project May 3, 2007 Next
  • 2. What is a Reading Map?
    • Typically, when a patron reads a book and lets us know he or she enjoyed it, we’ll come up with authors that are similar in appeal and suggest them to the patron. (Wyatt, 2006) While many patrons may be satisfied with that, some may really just want to stay wrapped up in the feeling or atmosphere the original book evoked. For example, if a mystery novel features a real place, person, or event, the reader may want to do a little more delving to discover more information on the subject. If a certain type of music is discussed, then the patron may want to hear what it sounds like.
    • A Reading Map is what is known in library circles as a “Whole Collection Reader’s Advisory.” (Wyatt, 2006) When the reader visits a Reading Map, the two obvious starting places are either the author or the book that originally captivated him or her. The reader can then click on various links to find out about more resources--both fiction and non-fiction--which will allow him or her to stay in that world of the original book. If the reader does just want to learn about similar authors, that information is also available on the Map.
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  • 3. What is a Reading Map?
    • The following presentation showcases the “Ballad Novels” of award-winning author Sharyn McCrumb, who has transported to us to the world of the Appalachian culture, as well as some of the issues facing the people of that area of America.
    • Visitors to this Reading Map will find books that are similar in appeal, but they will also “travel” to multiple resources that will provide them with more information, context, and sensory stimuli of the Appalachian culture.
    • Instructions on how to use a Reading Map
    • There will be links on each slide of the Map that will take you to either a different slide or to an external website. You can click on the “Previous” or “Next” links to navigate within the presentation. If you link to an external website, please just look on your bottom toolbar and click on the window where the presentation is located. Enjoy!
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  • 4. Welcome to Sharyn McCrumb’s Appalachian World ENTER Previous
  • 5. The Ballads and Beyond
    •   “ My books are like Appalachian quilts. I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life, and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South.” —Sharyn McCrumb
    Photo by Laura McCrumb Sharyn’s Biography Related Resources What Do I Read Next? Sharyn’s Books – Complete List Sharyn’s Ballad Books Next Previous
  • 6. Sharyn’s Ballad Books The Setting The Real Frankie Silver Book Notes The Culture Indian Abductions Chestnut Blight Next Previous
  • 7. The Read-Alike Page Books suggested by NoveList. Previous Next Click on the covers to learn more about the authors.
  • 8. The Setting The Great Smoky Mountains The Appalachian Trail Previous Next
  • 9. The Great Smoky Mountains Scenery Wildlife Webcam Click Picture Next Previous
  • 10. The Appalachian Trail The Route A Hiker’s Journal Panorama Next Previous
  • 11. The People of Appalachia Dialect Music Crafts Dancing Recipe Previous Next