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Ways and means of supporting and developing young adult readers.
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Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels : NPR

Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels : NPR | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
"Summer, like youth, is fleeting. But the books we read when we're young can stay with us for a lifetime. Here's hoping that when the school bell rings in a few short weeks, it will find you engrossed in just such a memorable read, selected by the NPR audience. Enjoy."


"More than 75,000 of you voted for your favorite young-adult fiction. Now, after all the nominating, sorting and counting, the final results are in. Here are the 100 best teen novels, chosen by the NPR audience."

 

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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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Winning the reading war

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"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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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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‘Reading Workshop’ Approach Lets Students Pick the Books - Series - NYTimes.com

‘Reading Workshop’ Approach Lets Students Pick the Books - Series - NYTimes.com | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it

This 2009 New York Times article features an English teacher using Reading Workshop in which students choose their own books, discuss them individually with their teacher and one another, and keep detailed journals about their reading. Reading Workshop is a method developed by Nancie Atwell, the author of “In the Middle” and “The Reading Zone,” popular guidebooks for teachers that promote giving students widespread choice. This approach to English teaching allows teachers to be really engaged in developing students as readers. [A similar strategy used in Australia is Clayton Massey's No Set Text Approach: http://bit.ly/r5aR6v ]

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Why boys' literacy skills lag behind girls' and how to bridge the reading gap

Why boys' literacy skills lag behind girls' and how to bridge the reading gap | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Much of this is what we have been hearing forever, it seems, but make sure you get down to How To Bridge The Reading Gap. Noted literacy researcher, William Brozo, has some sensible ideas that work and are very replicable, including honouring personal choice of reading material.
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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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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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Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | Readers Advisory For Secondary Schools | Scoop.it
Here, we outline six elements of instruction that every child should experience every day. Each of these elements can be implemented in any district and any school, with any curriculum or set of materials, and without additional funds. All that's necessary is for adults to make the decision to do it.
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