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Want Boys to Read for Pleasure? Start by Untangling the Word "Reading” - Fractus Learning 

Want Boys to Read for Pleasure? Start by Untangling the Word "Reading” - Fractus Learning  | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Luckily, I realized (sooner rather than later) that I was part of their reading problem, not the change in their reading lives I hoped to be. This aha! moment led me to dig deep, talk to my boys about their reading experiences and help them unpack what was really going on underneath the surface.

My ultimate goal was to figure out what was blocking boys from reading for pleasure and most importantly, how to open them up and let it into their lives.

After lots of conversations with 9- to 14-year-old boys, here’s what I discovered.

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Victor Ventura's curator insight, October 31, 10:30 AM
I appreciate the re-definition of reading for the 9-14  year old boys. I remember the challenge of reaching this age group and this may help.
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Word games - Oxford Dictionaries Online

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Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site

Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

Fun-with-words.com is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.


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Onestopenglish

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Onestopenglish is a teachers' resource site published by Macmillan English Campus. All the skills and levels covered, print-friendly worksheets, podcasts and much more.
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How many words do you know? | Word Dynamo by Dictionary.com

How many words do you know? | Word Dynamo by Dictionary.com | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

Turbo-charge your vocabuary with the Word Dynamo challenge - choose the correct meanings.


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Just Crosswords: Free Crossword Puzzles to Play or Make Your Own

Free crossword puzzles you can play right in your Web browser. You can also build your own crossword puzzle and put it right on your own Web site.

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word games

A collection of free online word games. Includes fast-paced anagram and vocabulary games as well as word mastermind, cryptograms, hangman and a wordsearch generator.

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Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site

Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Fun-with-words.com is dedicated to amusing quirks, peculiarities, and oddities of the English language: wordplay. Playing with words and language is both entertaining and educational. Here you can have plenty of fun with words with over 500 pages of word puzzles, games, amazing lists, and fun facts.
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WordSquared - a massively multiplayer online word game


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National Word Mania Challenge

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Welcome to the first ever National Word Mania Challenge! LiteracyPlanet® and Nickelodeon™ have teamed up to design an Australian competition that promotes literacy in a fun and exciting way.

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MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator

MAKE BELIEFS COMIX! Online Educational Comic Generator | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
MakeBeliefsComix.com is an educational comic strip creator from author Bill Zimmerman. Create, print, email and post to Facebook your original comic strips through this site! Very easy to use and you don't need to register.
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Articles in Easy, Understandable English for ESL Learners

Articles in Easy, Understandable English for ESL Learners | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

The Internet has tons of information but the articles printed there are not always easy to read. This website is specially designed for learners of English. The articles are carefully chosen and rewritten, so that they can be more easily understood. Each article has a vocabulary list at the end. Presently there are a few hundred topics and special news articles in various categories.


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The Times in Plain English |

The Times in Plain English | | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

News in plain English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) and ESL, information for immigrants and students improving their literacy skills and learning about health, jobs, immigration and American government. Useful for lower level students, but you can also challenge your advanced class and ask them to rewrite the articles using more complex structures!


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javimen66's comment, July 7, 2012 10:57 PM
Muchas gracias por todos estos enlaces y referencias, Reyes. Me vendrán de maravilla para clase.
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5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers

5 Reasons to Read for Reluctant Readers | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Teachers may offer up a killer classroom library and carve out class time for silent reading, but these two things do not guarantee prolific reading, or even moderate reading from your students. One of my goals when I was teaching high school was this: to have students fall in love with reading while they were in my classroom (or at least like it a little more).

So how do you motivate secondary students in a deeper, lifelong reader way? It's not just about helping a student find that right book, as teachers often see as the ultimate mission, but it's about giving reasons for reading -- and really good ones. Because let's face it, there's plenty of stuff we all have to read that we may not be crazy about, but we know it's good for us. The following motivators are inspired by educator Kelly Gallagher's book, Reading Reasons: Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School.

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7 Diverse Children’s Cartoons (where the main character isn’t the standard white one)

7 Diverse Children’s Cartoons (where the main character isn’t the standard white one) | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

Stereotypes run rampant in much of our media consumption and children’s cartoons are no exception. We wanted to find more cartoons that feature kids of different races and ethnicities across cultural backgrounds.


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British Actors Read Poignant Poetry from World War I

British Actors Read Poignant Poetry from World War I | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

The First World War (1914-1918) changed Britain to a degree that was unthinkable in 1914. Pre-war certainties and values such as honor, fatherland and progress disintegrated on the battlefields and trenches in France and Belgium.


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Carol Thomson's curator insight, January 27, 2013 3:00 PM

will use this with my year 8s.

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Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity

Brain Games & Brain Training - Lumosity | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Improve memory and attention with scientific brain games. Play games and train your brain to boost overall mental power and perfomance.

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Wordia - games and resources to educate across all ages, and the whole curriculum

Part of the Education Games Network, this is a free resource that utilizes games, videos, and lesson plans across all subjects on the curriculum...

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Crossword Puzzles, Word Search, Hangman | Free Online Word Games at Dictionary.com

Crossword Puzzles, Word Search, Hangman | Free Online Word Games at Dictionary.com | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Do you enjoy word games? Then Dictionary.com's free online word games are just what you have been looking for. Free online puzzles like Anagram Crackers, Spelling Bees, Crosswords, Cryptograms, Hangman, and Mazes?

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CristinaSkyBox: Word Games for When You Are Stuck in the Middle

CristinaSkyBox: Word Games for When You Are Stuck in the Middle | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

ESL word games. 


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Merriam-Webster Online

Merriam-Webster Online | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Merriam-Webster provides a free online dictionary, thesaurus, audio pronunciations, Word of the Day, word games, and other English language resources.

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Petra Pollum's comment, July 20, 2012 10:37 PM
You are amazing with all the great links you find and share! Many thanks, Petra
BookChook's comment, July 21, 2012 6:48 AM
Petra, I was only thinking the same about you! Anytime I go to one of your pages, there'll be some little gem to grab my eye. It's lovely to "meet" people who have such a passion for literacy and learning.
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Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com.

Find out how strong your vocabulary is and learn new words at Vocabulary.com. | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Vocabulary.com helps you learn new words, play games that improve your vocabulary, and explore language.

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Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide

Citing Sources: A Quick and Graphic Guide | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

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Tricia Adams's curator insight, November 27, 2013 4:28 AM

Lovely child friendly way to explain!

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This website adds insight into the proper way of referencing and avoiding plagiarism. This website is necessary for any written assessment.

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Oxford Word Skills

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The Oxford Word Skills Student’s Site is a place where you will find lots of interesting activities to help you get the most out of Oxford Word Skills (Basic, Int, Advanced, Idioms and Phrasal Verbs)
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Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct

Word-Search Maker and Wordsearch Directory - From teachers-direct | English Education in Australian Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

Teachers Direct Wordsearch Maker is a free to use resource enabling teachers to produce professional printable and interactive wordsearch puzzles. Make a printable .pdf and solve the puzzle on your IWB in class.


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