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Ways and means of supporting and developing young adult readers.
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Poetry 180 - Home Page

Poetry 180 - Home Page | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
"Home page of the Library of Congress Poetry 180 Project...Poetry 180 is designed to make it easy for students to hear or read a poem on each of the 180 days of the school year."
Chosen by Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate and all round very readable poet himself. This is a simple idea that could easily be supplemented with local content. Collins says: "Listening to poetry can encourage students and other learners to become members of the circle of readers for whom poetry is a vital source of pleasure."
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koalansw - Kids Own Australian Literature Awards

koalansw - Kids Own Australian Literature Awards | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards. By voting in the KOALA awards they can reward the Australian children's books that have most inspired, amused, terrified, enlightened and engaged them."

 

The shortlist for readers in Years 7 to 9 is a fabulous one this year. We are using it as a springboard for a new book group for years 7 and 8 boys and we have an enthusiastic starter group of 20 and growing.

 

For all age groups see the website.

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The role of the family in the reading habits of children.

The role of the family in the reading habits of children. | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Earlier this week, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released an interesting report which examined the important relationship between the family and the reading habits of children. This article u...

Data from the LSAC indicates that there are three major influences in the development of a child’s reading habits: having books in the home, visiting the library and reading aloud.

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Blog Post: The Dystopian Timeline to The Hunger Games [INFOGRAPHIC]

Blog Post: The Dystopian Timeline to The Hunger Games [INFOGRAPHIC] | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
DYSTOPIAN BOOKS AGAIN SEIZE POWER
"The new breed of dystopian novels combines classic dystopian themes of cruel governments and violent, restrictive worlds with a few new twists—badass heroines and romance. To mark the movie release of the most popular of this new wave of books, The Hunger Games, we examined the history of the dystopian genre to see how it has evolved and why it's so popular today."
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Michael Rosen: Reading for Pleasure Conference - first impressions

Michael Rosen: Reading for Pleasure Conference - first impressions | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Michael Rosen gives wise commentary on some of the issues raised at this conference.
"... if you connect a reading for enjoyment programme across a whole school, connecting it to sheer volume of reading AND to rewards and awards decided by the authority of the school - no matter how kind or well-meaning - then the emphasis in the children's minds will not be on the two key aspects of reading that, I would say, would impact on writing: a) personal unravelling of meaning through silent reading b) open-ended, unrewarded, ungraded talk."
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Announcing: KYD YA Championship! | Kill Your Darlings

Announcing: KYD YA Championship! | Kill Your Darlings | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
We have asked ten of our favourite YA fanatics – authors, buyers, publishers, readers, writers – to champion their favourite Australian YA book from the last 30 years.

Posts from enthusiasts including Andrew McDonald, Lili Wilkinson and Agnes Nieuwenhuizen will take a personal look at some of the most memorable and formative local YA books. Beginning from July 30, we will be looking to you to vote for your favourite as you will determine the top three.
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Cool to be Clever: Edson Hendricks for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review

Cool to be Clever: Edson Hendricks for iPad - Digital Storytime's Review | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Overall, this is a phenomenal title that presents non-fiction content in a more modern way, letting kids explore and learn at their own pace, with or without narration. This title would be great for lessons on bullying, the Internet, biography and more. Struggling, older readers will also benefit from having a title tailored to their interests with the option to listen rather than read (although text does not highlight). This is truly a must-download title. My highest recommendation!

 

An excellent free book app with appeal to readers from 8 to adult. Well reviewed by Carisa Kluver. Find more digital story reviews on this page.

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Here Come the Boys

Here Come the Boys | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"My own experiences over a long number of years as a reader, a father and an English teacher lead me to believe that the problem is not so clear-cut as the figures suggest, but nonetheless there are some measures which can sensibly be taken to encourage reading, especially among boys."


"Teachers – male and female – must realise that first and foremost they themselves have to be a reader and a role model. Too often I meet teachers who have hardly picked up a book since they graduated from college or university. They should be immersed in books and reading, and it should be a frequent topic for discussion. This means that, apart from adult fiction and current literature relating to their own professional development, they should constantly be seeking out and reading books relating to the age group for which they have responsibility. This will often mean reading material which would not necessarily have been their own choice by instinct."


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It's not JUST about gender

It's not JUST about gender | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"Here's the take-home message.  When selecting a book for an aliterate boy reader, (one who CAN read but chooses not to because he has deduced that books are boring), do NOT consider the gender of the protagonist ONLY.  Choose books where the protagonist 1) acts alone, 2) embarks into secondary territories, and 3) must overcome physical challenges." Interesting argument behind this idea.


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Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report by Diana Mitchell [PDF]

"Students tire of responding to novels in the same ways. They want new ways to think about a piece of literature and new ways to dig into it. It is hoped that this diverse group of suggestions will whet the interest of students in exploring new directions and in responding with greater depth to the books they read."

 

Mitchell, Diana. "Fifty Alternatives to the Book Report." English Journal 87.1 (January 1998): 92-95.

http://www.ncte.org/library/NCTEFiles/Resources/Journals/EJ/0871-jan98/EJ0871Ideas.PDF

 

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'It came from a book' contest encourages teens to create art from literature

'It came from a book' contest encourages teens to create art from literature | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
What do you get when you cross a publisher, a photographer, a young adult services librarian and a creative advocacy project? The first-ever "It Came from a Book" art contest! A group of dedicated individuals and a children’s/YA publisher are hosting the contest in anticipation of Teen Read Week on October 14-20. In short, teens must create a piece of artwork inspired by a book they’ve read and submit a digital photograph of their work by September 30. All photos of the submissions will be on display on “The Library as Incubator” website during Teen Read Week. People can vote for their favorites throughout the week, and the site will announce the winner the week after.
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Why Students Don't Read What is Assigned in Class

Interesting video of a college class who read for the semester based on personal choice vs the required reading they DIDN'T do in high school. (Short answer - they read heaps when given choice.) This is a great starting place to consider how high school English could better develop readers AND teach English concepts as well.
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Stacked: You can like what you like

This librarian blogger expresses strong opinions about reading and misuse of power: "There is never an okay time to shame someone for what they're reading (or what they're not reading). There's never a need to make an argument about whether what someone is reading is good or not or whether it aids in their intellectual development. That doesn't matter. Reading is an activity sought out because it brings something to someone."
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The Best of the Young Adult 'B-Sides': Suzanne Collins, Markus Zusak, and More

The Best of the Young Adult 'B-Sides': Suzanne Collins, Markus Zusak, and More | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
"Before there was The Hunger Games trilogy, there was Suzanne Collins' middle-grade series, Gregor the Overlander. We pay some attention to the best B-sides from a few of our favorite Y.A. and children's authors."
Exploring a favourite author's backlist can be like striking gold.
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Getting Beyond "Interesting": Teaching Students the Vocabulary of Appeal to Discuss Their Reading - Olga M. Nesi

Getting Beyond "Interesting": Teaching Students the Vocabulary of Appeal to Discuss Their Reading - Olga M. Nesi | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

'Getting Beyond "Interesting": Teaching Students the Vocabulary of Appeal to Discuss Their Reading is a practical application book that gives librarians all the tools they need to implement the teaching of both appeal terms and Book Hook writing and sharing. When students know how to write Book Hooks and have access to an easy-to-use system for allowing students to share Book Hooks, the result is greatly increased reading through the power of peer recommendations.' Get this hot off the press!

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Is it dystopia? A flowchart for decoding the genre

Is it dystopia? A flowchart for decoding the genre | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Author Erin Bowman designed this flowchart to test for dystopian fiction. Imagine you are the main character of the book you are considering and answer these questions.
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If You Liked “The Hunger Games”…

If You Liked “The Hunger Games”… | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
"The staff of the Teen Zone has compiled a list to help you find your next favorite book, whether you loved The Hunger Games for the action and adventure, the love triangle, or the dystopian elements."
Excellent use of RA concepts to produce a flow chart of well chosen reading suggestions. You can a also download it as a pdf: http://www.lawrence.lib.ks.us/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/DYSTOPIANFLOWCHART.pdf
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Reading for pleasure 6 July 2012 conference notes

Reading for pleasure 6 July 2012 conference notes | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"This full day conference for secondary school teachers and librarians explored strategies to engage young people with reading, putting books at the heart of learning."

An excellent rundown of the sessions presented on this day.
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A list of great film books for boys

A list of great film books for boys | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
A couple of these are novelisations of films, but this list includes some modern classic books which are way better than the films and most will introduce the right reader, boy or girl, to a solid series worth pursuing. (You could add Eragon and The Golden Compass to this list.)
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Winning the reading war

Winning the reading war | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"At school, reading books usually meant reading about characters I didn’t care about in situations that didn’t ignite my imagination. At home, my Dad tried to bribe me, offering an allowance based on a nightly page-count. He shared his childhood favourites like The Hardy Boys and the Tom Swift novels in an effort to inspire me through a type of intergenerational book club. I rarely made it past the first chapter of those books. They simply could not compete with the mythology and immersive worlds of the "Star Wars" films or even the "Transformers" television show.
But fortunately I did find my way into reading, and I can still clearly remember the two inflection points that fueled my transformation."

(The third factor implicit in this article is being given the opportunity to choose for oneself!)
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Michael Morpurgo: We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading

Michael Morpurgo: We are failing too many boys in the enjoyment of reading | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Author of a big shelf full of books for young readers (including the wonderful War Horse), Morpurgo has some common sense ideas about developing readers.
"Perhaps it is partly that we need to love books ourselves as parents, grandparents and teachers in order to pass on that passion for stories to our children. It's not about testing and reading schemes, but about loving stories and passing on that passion to our children. This might seem naïve and of course the problem is cultural and deep-seated too and therefore unlikely to be resolved quickly, but there must be things we could perhaps do to try to turn things around over time."
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Creativity is the Key to Hook Reluctant Readers

Creativity is the Key to Hook Reluctant Readers | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

"As a teacher who works with high school students that struggle with reading, there have been times in my classroom when I have felt disappointed with a lesson.  However, lucky for me, I have found many valuable and successful strategies, by utilising ReadWriteThink.org."


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Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover - ReadWriteThink

Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover - ReadWriteThink | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

Try this as participant research - let kids test the question: "Can you judge a book by its cover?"

In this lesson, students select a book to read based only on its cover art. They then analyse why the art attracted them and anticipate what the book may be about before examining the rest of the information found on the book cover. After reading the book, they reexamine the book cover to determine whether, in their opinion, it conveys the key elements of the book. Finally, students use an interactive tool to redesign the book cover.

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BookQuest: A reading adventure for boys

BookQuest: A reading adventure for boys | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

This program has been developed specifically for boys between the ages of 9 to 12, and will include the following elements :

• reflect their personal interests and their self-image

• involve action

• allow the boys to feel success through rewards and their relation to their peers

• be fun

• be focused on a purpose

• capture their imagination, often through superheroes and fantasy figures

• include a range of reading material from books to newspapers, magazines, comics, fiction and non-fiction

• involve technology.

 

Read the program proposal prepared for senior management of the Brisbane City Council Libraries by F. Berndt, K.Henry & A.Lagos...

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Reading and Writing for a Documentary Project

This is an overview of a classroom literacy project where students used iPads to create their own Digital Documentary. All of the student-created animal videos can be viewed at: http://vimeo.com/channels/animalproject

 

The engaging videos these kids produced required the same research, reading and writing as a traditional report. In addition they needed to hone the scripts of their self chosen topics until they sounded right for a documentary. This meant they had to write, edit and practice reading aloud and with expression - developing fluency. The kids really enjoyed this project and had something excellent to share at the end. I love the touch that the films end with several shots of the author as they worked on the project. A great model for developing readers in the content areas.
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