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The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson

The Need for Big Books: A Top "Ten" List by Stephanie Severson | AdLit | Scoop.it

"I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read.  This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom.  However, I have also encountered the opposite problem -- the boys that burn through books...

This is my go-to list of long books for voracious readers who happen to be boys…"


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When Books Come To Life, The Reluctant Reader: A YALC Fan Video.

"This video was made by people who love books. YALC is a Young Adult Literature Convention happening in London 12-13 Of July 2014."


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Recommended History Reading for Students

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ActiveHistory.co.uk just added 45 Graphic Novels to their "Wider Reading for History Students" list.

 


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How to Use Foreshadowing - Helping Writers Become Authors - Writing Rightly

How to Use Foreshadowing - Helping Writers Become Authors - Writing Rightly | AdLit | Scoop.it
If we sift foreshadowing down to its simplest form, we could say it prepares readers for what will happen later in the story.

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Penelope's curator insight, January 14, 12:35 AM

 

We hear lots about point of view, plot and climax, but what about foreshadowing? This very important element of a story seems to have been relegated to a back room and stuffed in the closet.

 

In its simplest form? It prepares readers for what will happen in the story. I'm sure you've read books where at the point of a major plot twist, you shake your head and say, huh? We all have. You feel cheated and want to snap that book shut!

 

There are two parts:

 

Part 1: The Plant    (Blantant or Subtle Hints)

Part 2: The Payoff (Important Scenes Play Out)

 

Foreshadowing can ease readers into what is going to happen. Sneak it in like pureed veggies, but don't hit readers over the head with it. This way, when you execute your plot twist, your readers will be delighted--not disgusted.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://www.helpingwritersbecomeauthors.com/2013/04/how-to-use-foreshadowing.html

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Maggie Lyons Blog: MG Fiction for Reluctant Readers - Part 2

Maggie Lyons Blog: MG Fiction for Reluctant Readers - Part 2 | AdLit | Scoop.it

"I asked readers in my network to recommend books suitable for reluctant middle-grade readers and they came up with quite a few interesting titles. Many or most of these titles have appeal for boys, who, on average, tend to be less interested in reading than girls."


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7 Indispensable Apps for Creating Books with your Students

7 Indispensable Apps for Creating Books with your Students | AdLit | Scoop.it

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I Admit It: I’m An Abuser. Of Semicolons - Writing Rightly

I Admit It: I’m An Abuser. Of Semicolons - Writing Rightly | AdLit | Scoop.it

Actually only by the strictness of grammatical standards. I’m not a contrarion just because I want people to think I’m cool.


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Penelope's curator insight, June 19, 2013 5:19 PM

 

Semicolons are the bane of my existence, so I was thrilled to find this funny commentary on my nemesis.

 

I have to say I am more guilty more of abusing the em (--) dash. Perhaps I could replace a few of my em's with semi's for a change of pace!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://robonwriting.com/2013/06/17/i-admit-it-im-an-abuser-of-semicolons/

Cathy Ternent Dyer's curator insight, June 23, 2013 8:03 PM

Great article! The writer illustrates through his writing - and even states it within one of his paragraphs - that when you intentionally break a grammar rule for effect or added meaning, it's okay, justified even. However, FIRST you must have an understanding of all the rules: you gotta know you're breaking them! I often tell my students this same thing.

Penelope's comment, June 24, 2013 2:25 PM
Thanks, Cathy. Great tips from a teacher. Know thy rules; then break them! ;)
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Getting Boys Into Reading: Ideas, Books & Resources

Getting Boys Into Reading: Ideas, Books & Resources | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Before sharing a list of specific hints, here is what I see as four fundamental building blocks to get boys reading..."


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, April 4, 2013 10:21 PM

Trevor shares his insight and tips on helping boys to become readers.

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Boys' Book Bloggers

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"Today I'm listing websites that promote books for boys. Most are blog sites. One is a "hotlist" of links to sites related to literature appealing to boys. As usual, I welcome all comments, additions and updates to this list, which will, eventually, have its own page on this blog site."


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Reaching Those Resistant Readers | Fun, Fast-Paced Fiction

Reaching Those Resistant Readers | Fun, Fast-Paced Fiction | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Hybrid novels–part text, part graphics–have convinced many reluctant readers that library shelves hold books that speak to them. But when these children and teens are ready to take a leap into titles with a bit more text,where do we–and they–go?
The books listed here will provide guidance. They feature clear narratives that quickly draw readers into the action and are supported by snappy dialogue that helps move the stories along. Add to that appealing protagonists, attractive covers, and layouts that feature generous print size and plenty of white space, and bingo, you have something to hand to the hard-to-please. A few series titles and sequels are included to keep them reading once they’re hooked."


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Marita Thomson's curator insight, December 17, 2012 5:34 PM

An interesting list for early teens and younger. Some well known and respected authors here and some new to me.

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Boy Meets Book « Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!

Boy Meets Book « Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists! | AdLit | Scoop.it

"When you go into the Young Adult section of your public or school library, does it seem like all the books are for girls? Are The Clique and Gossip Girls threatening to overwhelm you with their glossy, lip-sticky covers? Well, never fear, Best Boy Reads are here! Believe it or not, there are some great books out there for the teen-aged males of the world who like a little more testosterone in their paperbacks."


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Who says the kids won't read? Popular columnist finds a niche writing for young adults

Who says the kids won't read? Popular columnist finds a niche writing for young adults | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Author Mike Lupica on getting children to read (video)

 Sports reporter Mike Lupica says he loves writing for children,and finds they love to read once engaged."


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Fantastic Reads: Books to encourage reluctant readers

Fantastic Reads: Books to encourage reluctant readers | AdLit | Scoop.it

"I've been asked several times recently by parents how to encourage children to read, and I thought I'd expand on this in something longer than a 140 character tweet or quick chat after lectures at University! I hope you find this helpful."


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Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Top ten books

Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: Top ten books | AdLit | Scoop.it

Australian authors of Children's and Young Adult fiction share their favourite teen / YA books.


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Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible

Keepin' Babel at Bay: 30 Incorrectly Used Words That Can Make You Look Horrible | AdLit | Scoop.it

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Penelope's curator insight, June 25, 3:30 PM

 

It's always nice to have a refresher on confusing words--especially if we long to be writers. This is our craft; let's learn it. Some mix ups are spotted so often as to be cringe inducing. More obscure words used incorrectly may be excused. Be forewarned: if you read this article, you are now an expert! :)

 

Some of the stumpers: affect and effect, compliment and complement, farther and further, insure and ensure, principal and principle.

 

One with absolutely no excuse? You're and your. Remember this; the contraction stands in for [you are]. Try them out in a sentence. See if it looks rights and makes sense. If you're still not sure? Google the word and find out the meaning!

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Writing Rightly"***

 

Link to the original article: http://georg-grey.blogspot.mx/2014/05/30-incorrectly-used-words-that-can-make.html

 

Snapshotic's curator insight, June 26, 8:25 AM

I was taught that using the word "nice" was horrible...

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13 Great Resources for Finding Free Public Domain Books

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Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost

Stealthy Readers’ Advisory: Getting Boys to Read | NoveList | EBSCOhost | AdLit | Scoop.it
We've all heard this, haven't we? Boys and books don’t go together. We heard it in library school, we might see it among our patrons, and maybe even experience it at home with the boys in our lives

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Marita Thomson's curator insight, August 21, 2013 5:44 PM

Some outside the square ideas for what works with boys, but none of these ideas need be exclusive to them. I like the emphasis on relationship building for long term success. Settng up activities which don't start with books but can easily include them is an excellent soft sell option. Recognising that many kids want to do things rather than talk about them opens up interesting options.

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Maggie Lyons Blog: Books for Boys

Maggie Lyons Blog: Books for Boys | AdLit | Scoop.it

"The School Library Journal recently presented a webcast discussing books suitable for boys, who are very often reluctant readers. Presenting their recommended lists of titles were representatives of three publishing companies: Cheryl Herman, marketing director of Random House Listening Library, Margaret Coffee, marketing director of Egmont USA, and Paula Ayer, editor with Annick Press. The moderator was Ed Spicer, School Library Journal.editor."


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Heather Stapleton's curator insight, October 14, 2013 6:27 AM

Nice to see Australian author Anna Fienberg on this list.

Nadia Koski's curator insight, October 14, 2013 10:54 AM

Great book list if your stumped on what to get your nephew or just curious about new titles for boys in general! 

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The Life of a Library Book : books

The Life of a Library Book : books | AdLit | Scoop.it
I work at a public library and was recently telling a friend about the cycles that the books go through and she was fascinated so I decided to share. ...

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, August 12, 2013 10:54 AM

An interesting "personalized" story of the life of a Library Book.

 

Kind of touching to say the least.

 

I wonder whether the style of this article might make for an interesting writing exercise in reflective introspection. Perhaps, students could "become" the tellers of the stories of the life of...

 

a blankie

a tricycle

a favorite childhood book (though who can top The Velveteen Rabbit?)

a video game

a hamster

a divorced father or mother

a parent who abandoned his or her children

an adopted child

a parent's high school yearbook

a prom dress or wedding gown

a/an _________________

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

 

 "Google Lit Trips" is the fictitious business name for GLT Global ED an educational nonprofit.

 

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Watch the world's longest domino chain made of books

Watch the world's longest domino chain made of books | AdLit | Scoop.it
To kick off its 2013 Summer Reading Program, the Seattle Public Library set a world record with a library-appropriate domino chain. Twenty-seven volunteers lined up 2,131 books and knocked them all down.

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, June 17, 2013 9:24 AM

Just for fun.

 

Watch and just for the heck of it, pay attention to all the people reading on the floor as the books fall. I thought they were mannequins at first.

 

~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com

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MIND MELD: Science Fiction / Fantasy Book Recommendations for Teens 13-16

MIND MELD: Science Fiction / Fantasy Book Recommendations for Teens 13-16 | AdLit | Scoop.it

A great list of YA/MG science fiction and fantasy books for reluctant (and not so reluctant) readers selected by panelists, including popular YA authors.


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Teenage Wasteland? - The Loft Literary Center

Teenage Wasteland? - The Loft Literary Center | AdLit | Scoop.it

"A writer recently emailed me with questions about the state of reading world for boys, asking if the landscape was “a wasteland,” and why writers aren’t flocking to that market.  

Let me start with a quick disclaimer: books do not line up on opposite sides of the gym like sixth graders at their first dance. There are plenty of great books with girl heroes that boys will love (see this terrific list for suggestions), and vice versa. I don’t really like the boy book/girl book false dichotomy. At the same time, I think it’s realistic to say, for example, that Jimmy the Jeep and the Dangerous Jump, will be read by more boys than Princess Mermaid and the Sea Unicorn. Some books skew to a boy audience, and those are the books I’m talking about."


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Heather Stapleton's comment, December 30, 2012 9:17 PM
Interesting post about boys and reading from an author's perspective.
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Richard Paul Evans on MICHAEL VEY: The Prisoner of Cell 25

Richard Paul Evans discusses his bestselling YA novel, MICHAEL VEY. Find out the authors personal connection with the main character, a young boy with Tourette's syndrome.
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For Boys Only: Move Books to Debut in Fall 2012 - Publishers Weekly

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Publishers WeeklyFor Boys Only: Move Books to Debut in Fall 2012Publishers Weekly"Moving Boys to Read" is the slogan publisher Eileen Robinson has chosen for her new company, Move Books, which is slated to launch in fall 2012.
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TM Alexander talks Tribers and Writing a Series for Boys and/or Reluctant Readers

TM Alexander talks Tribers and Writing a Series for Boys and/or Reluctant Readers | AdLit | Scoop.it

"Eight observations on writing a series for boys and/or reluctant readers."


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