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MASTER
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  • Boys,
  • Books,
  • Reading
  • The REAL Challenge

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Guide for BoysDouglas Florian
  • from Guys Write for Guys Read edited by Jon
    Scieszka. 2005.
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objectives for participants
  • understand the unique characteristics that make
    up boy
  • explore the various genres that hold the
    greatest appeal to boys
  • be familiar with the websites that are available
    to and for this population
  • identify potential programs for boys

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literacy continuum
  • illiterate functional
    literate
    illiterate
  • --------------------------------------------------
    ------------------------------
  • inability to read reluctant
    challenged voracious
  • (can but
    dont) (do it) (cant get enough)

  • aliterate

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reluctant reader
  • can read, but for whatever reasons, do not like
    to read
  • dormant they like to read, but often do not
    make the time to do it
  • uncommitteddo not like to read, but may read
    in the future
  • unmotivateddo not like to read and do not ever
    expect to change their minds
  • aliterate

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facts
  • success in reading sets the stage for success in
    school
  • reading failure breeds school failure
  • how are boys doing? not very well!
  • The Trouble with Boys, 2008

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  • Boys just dont like to read.
  • Best Books for Boys
  • by Matthew Zbaracki, 2008.

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  • literacy behaviors of boys
  • list

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literacy behaviors of boys
  • boys often speak their first words later than
    girls and develop clear speech about a year and
    half later
  •  
  • boys fine motor skills lag behind girls by
    about a year as toddlers, boys like to explore
    their environment
  •  
  • boys are two to five time more likely than girls
    to have a reading disability they also have
    greater difficulty in overcoming it

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  • boys are more prone to some speech and language
    difficulties
  •  
  • boys rank lower in their class and earn fewer
    honors than girls
  •  
  • in South Australia, a researcher found that
    boys thought school was boring with too many
    bad teachers
  •  
  • boys have much less interest in leisure reading
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  • boys reading experiences at home were likely to
    be adult-initiated
  •  
  • more boys than girls label themselves
    non-reader
  •  
  • boys tend to be more enthusiastic about reading
    electronics texts
  •  
  • poetry is less popular with boys
  • boys require more teacher attention in
  • co-ed classes
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  • boys who choose non-traditional subjects not
    seen as masculine are teased, bullied and
    harassed
  •  
  • many boys are discouraged from responding
    emotionally to fictional texts by their families
    and peer groups
  •  
  •  
  • from Even Hockey Players Read Boys, Literacy and
    Learning by David Booth. 2002.
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as a result---
  • boys see a different world
  • -big, fascinating, and active place where they
    must participant or miss out
  • -since they do not feel as connected, they seek
    it out they crave it
  • they learn by doing, sometimes totally wrong but
    experimental trial and
  • error
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choice
interest
social factors
factors to consider when choosing books for boys
involvement
text type
from Best Books for Boys by Matthew Zbaracki,
2008.
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  • What do guys
  • want to read?

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  • You can lead a boy to...

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books
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  • but you
  • can't make
  • him read.

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let them choose!
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genres that appeal to boys
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humor
  • slapstick, silly stories about taboo subjects,
    such as bathroom humor
  • riddle and joke books
  • off-the-wall is one of the most appealing
  • comic books with silly illustrations
  • pranks and jokes played on others
  •  

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and the book title is
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Toad Rage by Morris Gleitzman. Random House ,
1999. 
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adventure
  • thrilling and daring plots
  • events that create page-turning excitement
  • strong main characters who are fearless, brave,
    and heroic
  • characters who are aggressive and can survive
    the most incredible circumstances
  •  

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and the book title is
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Gregor The Overlander by Suzanne Collins.
Scholastic Press, 2003. 
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  • http//www.mahalo.com/hunger-games-movie

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information / nonfiction
  • books crammed with facts, information,
    illustrations, diagrams, photos
  • facts should be presented in small chunks of
    text
  • information well organized
  • information books thoroughly indexed
  • books that tell them how to do things with hands
    on experiments
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and the book title is
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Leonardos Horse by Jean Fritz. Putnam, 2001. 
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fantasy / science fiction
  • books with space travel, aliens, and life on
    other planets
  • see themselves time warping into other galaxies
  • books that allow them to experience a
    courageous spirit
  • animals that can talk, lead creative lives, a
    contribute to others well being
  • time travel that allows one to adjust to
    different ways of life

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and the book title is
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Eager by Helen Fox. Random House, 2004. 
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horror / mystery
  • stories that contain lots of clues,
    cliff- hangers, puzzles
  • display ways to be detectives and engage them to
    solve problems
  • books that allow them to be brave and fearless
  • stories about ghosts, evil twins, and vampires
  • the creepier the story the better
  • stories that are frightening and menacing
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and the book title is
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The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman.
HarperCollins, 2008. 
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sports
  • stories that demonstrate ways of being a good
    sport
  • books about influential lives as professional
    athletes
  • trails and tribulations of those wanting to
    participate and succeed
  • information books that contain statistics,
    history, terminology, and issues
  •  

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and the book title is
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Airball by L.D. Harkrader. Roaring Brook Press,
2005. 
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war conflict
  • pretend military combat
  • war diaries and books about armed forces,
    special forces, military jets, aircraft carriers
    and submarines
  • stories that relate life in times of war current
    and past

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and the book title is
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Letters from Wolfie by Patti Sherlock. Viking,
2004. 
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biography
  • lives about famous people
  • sports professionals or inventors and actors
  • benefit from comparing their lives with those
    who have been successful
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and the book title is
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Knots in MyYo-yo String by Jerry Spinelli. Knopf
, 1998. 
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history
  • knights and castles and life in medieval times
  • adventures of settlers into the outback
  • ancient times of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths,
    ancient Egypt
  • helps boys to visualize the past and make a
    connection
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and the book title is
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A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park. Clarion , 2001

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graphic novels / comics
  • sophisticated story lines presented in pictures
    that engage the imagination
  • illustrations that demand interpretation and
    close scrutiny
  • many have intense violence and explicit language
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and the book title is
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Robot Dreams by Sara Varon. First Second, 2007. 
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Reading comics with a critical eye helps develop
an appreciation for art and different artistic
styles.
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realistic fiction
  • stories that explore peer pressures,
    family conflicts, issues of current concern
  • books which present everyday problems that
    demand understanding and promote ways of
    resolving them
  •  from Boys and Literacy Practical Strategies for
    Librarians, Teachers, and Parents by Elizabeth
    Knowles and Martha Smith. 2005
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and the book title is
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I am the messenger by Markus Zusak. Knopf,
2002. 
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series
  • recognizable characters
  • many times contain graphics that appeal to a
    boys sense of humor
  • when the story contains graphics, the stories may
    be easier to follow
  • are faster to read
  • are enjoyed by many over and over

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and the book title is
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney. Amulet,
2007.
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magazines
  • timely, current events
  • appealing graphics
  • mix of stories and photographs
  • selected periodicals are of topical interest to
    boys
  • some offer an opportunity to exchange of ideas
    and creative submissions

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magazines
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websites
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  • http//www.readkiddoread.com/home

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http//www.jamespatterson.com/ http//readkiddorea
d.com/  
  • Lesson Plans
  • -to exchange ideas with other teachers and
    librarians
  • -visit our Lesson Plan Exchange page

http//readkiddoread.ning.com/page/lesson-plans
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  • "Literacy statistics show that we are not giving
    boys what they need to be successful readers
    boys need our help.
  • The greatest challenge to boys' literacy is
    probably getting people to understand that boys
    do need help.
  • Jon Scieszka

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  • http//www.guysread.com/

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programming possibilities
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  • reading clubs
  • -make registration as easy as possible
  • -choose a theme that sounds cool -incentives
    cant be just throw aways
  • -sample program from ALSC inquiry-

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Its a Guy Thing
  • a book discussion with a theme-craft
  • and a theme- snack
  • J picture books for several reasons
  • -busy fathers have the time to read them
  • -boys dont feel overwhelmed by content
  • -many titles are very boy-oriented
  • problems
  • -finding the elusive good night
  • -getting fathers to be enthusiastic
  • -keeping mothers out of the room
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Martins Big Words by Doreen RappaportIllustrate
d by Bryan Collierbook discussion for Winter
2004
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  • -treat stained glass window cookies (because
    MLK was a minister and the book has stained
    glass windows on the end pages)
  • -use sugar cookie dough and hard candy
  • -make a design with cookie dough, fill center
    with crushed hard candy (run through blender)
    bake until done
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book questions
  • What did you dislike about it?
  • Were you ever sad and did your mother ever say
    something to make you feel better?
  • Why did the Bible make MLK feel better?
  • What are some of the big words MLK used in his
    lifetime?
  • Who is Mahatma Gandhi?

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project
  • Each boy received a piece of construction paper
    (any color except black and white) plus torn
    sheets of black and white construction paper.
  • It was up to each boy to get the black and
    white shreds to co-operate into
  • a picture.
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  • other suggestions from the literature
  • Halloween party with music
  •  
  • cartooning
  • anime club
  • World Wrestling Entertainment
  • -R.E.A.L. (Respect, Education,
    Achievement, Leadership)
  • poetry slams
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  • college admissions representative
  •  
  • YWCA outreach programs
  • search and rescue dogs
  • butcher paper A really great book
  • chess for success
  • -run by outsiders/volunteers
  • -competitions/tournaments
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Singapores 10,000 Fathers Reading!
  • the nationwide reading initiative aims to act as
    a catalyst to involve fathers in their children's
    development and also encourage fathers to foster
    closer bonds with their children through reading

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  • program has successfully engaged
  • close to 36,000 participants various activities
    and games, designed to promote father-child
    bonding through reading

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  • includes
  • -storytelling,
  • -reading aloud,
  • -sing-a-longs,
  • -storybook review,
  • -creative writing, and
  • -parental workshops
  • with male reading motivators

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  • http//10000fathers.nlb.gov.sg/blog/
  • article
  • November 2009 IFLA Libraries for Children and
    Young Adults Section newsletter

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personal suggestions
  • -book club with adult males and boys
  • (café environment with drink/food)
  • -celebrity visits sports figures
  • -campaign that encourages parents to have one
    evening without electronics
  • -librarian devoted 25 for boys programs with a
    personality for this gender
  • -have a ready/long list of book titles (choices)

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OUR MISSION
  • 1. Make some noise for boys.
  • 2. Expand our definition of reading.
  • 3. Give boys choice.
  • 4. Encourage male role models. 
  • 5. Be realistic. Start small.
  • 6. Spread the word about special programs
    websites.
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  • -a precis of ideas promoted by Jon Scieszka

Our mission is to motivate boys to read by
connecting them with materials they will want to
read, in ways they like to read. 1. Make some
noise for boys. We have literacy programs for
adults and families. GUYS READ is our chance to
call attention to boys literacy. 2. Expand our
definition of reading. Include boy-friendly
nonfiction, humor, comics, graphic novels,
action-adventure, magazines, websites,
audiobooks, and newspapers in school reading. Let
boys know that all these materials count as
reading. 3. Give boys choice. Motivate guys to
want to read by letting them choose texts they
will enjoy. Find out what they want. Let them
choose from a new, wider range of reading. 4.
Encourage male role models. Men have to step up
as role models of literacy. What we do is more
important than all we might say. 5. Be realistic.
Start small. Boys arent believing that Reading
is wonderful. Reading is often difficult and
boring for them. Lets start with Here is one
book/magazine/text you might like. 6. Spread the
GUYS READ word. Encourage people to use the
information and downloads on this site to set up
their own chapters of GUYS READ, and get people
thinking about boys and reading.
Our mission is to motivate boys to read by
connecting them with materials they will want to
read, in ways they like to read. 1. Make some
noise for boys. We have literacy programs for
adults and families. GUYS READ is our chance to
call attention to boys literacy. 2. Expand our
definition of reading. Include boy-friendly
nonfiction, humor, comics, graphic novels,
action-adventure, magazines, websites,
audiobooks, and newspapers in school reading. Let
boys know that all these materials count as
reading. 3. Give boys choice. Motivate guys to
want to read by letting them choose texts they
will enjoy. Find out what they want. Let them
choose from a new, wider range of reading. 4.
Encourage male role models. Men have to step up
as role models of literacy. What we do is more
important than all we might say. 5. Be realistic.
Start small. Boys arent believing that Reading
is wonderful. Reading is often difficult and
boring for them. Lets start with Here is one
book/magazine/text you might like. 6. Spread the
GUYS READ word. Encourage people to use the
information and downloads on this site to set up
their own chapters of GUYS READ, and get people
thinking about boys and reading.
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