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Getting Guys to Read

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"The Kent District Library is starting a new program called 'Guys Read'.

KDL Librarians say last year alone, boys checked out 256,000 fewer books than girls.

The 'Guys Read' program is in response to those numbers. The program is intended to get boys interested in reading. The goal is two fold. They want to make reading a masculine activity and to improve boys test scores."


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The Importance of Reading Aloud to Students of All Grades and Levels

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This post discusses both the importance and implementation strategies for effectively reading aloud to students to help boost their reading levels. Tips provided by a webinar presented by author and educator, Sarah Collinge.

 


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Boys' Learning

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I have watched many boys learn to loathe reading as it becomes a 'sore hand' activity when their teachers expect them to WRITE in response to everything that they read. They are forced to read guided texts that bore them on ...
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Here Come the Boys

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"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."


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Discussion Time ~ A Boy's Perspective

Discussion Time ~ A Boy's Perspective | The Literacy Network | Scoop.it
Who actually reads boy books? You are probably wondering. About 3.9/4 of the books that I read and review on my blog are girl YA books. Do I like these girl YA books? Heck yes I do. If I didn't like girl YA books I basically ...
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Diary of a Word Nerd: Offer a Magazine to a Reluctant Reader

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"Walter Dean Myers, our current Ambassador for Young People’s literature said it best - reading in today’s society is a necessary skill. Not optional. Necessary.

 

So how do we entice reluctant readers to hone their skills? We find them something they want to read - and realize that might not be a book.

 

While we shouldn't make generalizations about guys and reading (I live with three males who love pleasure reading), I found interesting information from the study quoted at education.com: ..."


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YA Fiction: Too Many Girls?

"It’s common to hear that the reason boys don’t read is because they don’t want to read “girl books”, and that there is a tilt in publishing, writing, and marketing toward books for girls and by women. In fact, there is a book published by the American Library Association called Connecting Boys with Books (a second edition was published in 2009) which makes the argument that boys are drawn to “boys’ books” and specific genres, and that libraries need to make special efforts to meet those needs in order to close the literacy gap. Ana at Lady Business has written a very interesting (and very long) post called Gender Balance in YA Fiction. What’s great about this is that, while it isn’t comprehensive, it’s grounded in solid data, and provides a list of further reading at the end."


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How we're using sport and journalism to change students' attitudes to reading

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Principal Claire Smith has harnessed the power of football, speedway racing and journalism to improve literacy in her school...
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The Reluctant Reader by Heather Cato

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"I know it’s not a contest or anything, but I bet that when I began teaching language arts I had read fewer books of any kind than any other language arts teacher in the history of public education. I never liked reading as a kid, but I can vividly remember the first time I took my students down to our antique, two-sizes-too small library to check out books. With the signatures on my diploma still wet, I was excited to begin working with my students on all of the great teaching strategies that I had learned in college to improve their reading skills..."


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America's Facebook Generation Is Reading Strong

"We found that about 8 in 10 Americans under the age of 30 have read a book in the past year. And that's compared to about 7 in 10 adults in general, American adults. So, they're reading — they're more likely to read, and they're also a little more likely to be using their library."

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For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books?

For Young Readers, Print or Digital Books? | The Literacy Network | Scoop.it
Thinkstock Print or digital? Adults grapple with which is the best way to read -- not only for themselves, but especially when it comes to their kids.
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Promoting Literacy for Teens on Mobile Devices

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Literacy push opens new chapters for young readers

Literacy push opens new chapters for young readers | The Literacy Network | Scoop.it
Inside a Cardenas Elementary School classroom in Chicago's Little Village , Marisela Aguirre's students gather to review their latest vocabulary list.
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Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day

Reading: The Core Skill:Every Child, Every Day | The Literacy Network | 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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12 Ways to Motivate Reluctant Readers

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"Here are a dozen strategies to motivate reluctant readers, and none of them involves stickers, certificates, or pizza. External rewards may work in the short term, but if you really want students to love reading you have to look for other options. Since this is just a quick overview, you’ll notice that some strategies contain links to additional sources that you can explore later. On to the strategies..."


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Help for the Struggling, Reluctant Reader

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This article explores the challenges of reluctant, struggling readers and effective ways the author has found to overcome those challenges, both in his personal life and in the lives of families and children he's influenced.
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Boys Do Read

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"The teen book publishing industry continues to gain momentum, but only a tiny fraction of teen books actually appeal to boys. With such a small selection to choose from, we are in danger of losing the boys Percy Jackson and Greg Heffley have made into readers. Rather than lamenting the inequality of the current publishing trends, we need to rethink teen collection development at our libraries." - from the about us page of Boys Do Read blog. 

Includes book reviews "with the intent on broadening the possibilities at what we can offer teen boys to read". (Steven)


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Reaching Reluctant Readers | Random House for High School Teachers

Reaching Reluctant Readers | Random House for High School Teachers | The Literacy Network | Scoop.it

"In the following articles, you'll find resources to help you identify and reach your reluctant readers."

Excellent teacher's guides, author and genre/media articles available as  free PDF downloads from Random House.


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Promoting Literacy with Graphic Novels

Graphic novels offer an enticing way to show struggling and reluctant readers that reading can be fun. Struggling readers benefit because they offer less text and great support to comprehension. Reluctant readers benefit ...
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BEYOND BOY BOOKS AND GIRL BOOKS by Lea Kelley

BEYOND BOY BOOKS AND GIRL BOOKS by Lea Kelley | The Literacy Network | Scoop.it
”Lea,” he said, “does a great job getting boys to read girl books.” I panicked ... When you're helping a boy find a book, slip off the book jacket, talk up the football side of the story, and encourage him to read a chapter.
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The Random Readers - for parents of young adult reluctant readers

The Random Readers - for parents of young adult reluctant readers | The Literacy Network | Scoop.it

"The goal of this blog is to compile resources from journals and other blogs that target reluctant readers to provide a single resource to support parents. I hope this will be a place of suggestions, positive support and a format to share concerns with other parents. This type of resources would have saved me many hours of anguish and I hope it will be a place of strength and encouragement.
However, I need to make it perfectly clear this blog is for reluctant young adult readers and not young adults that need reading coaches to support ESE or Special needs students.
Student interest in reading drops off when students reach middle and high school. See Patrick Higgin’s post called 'Not the drop-off!' on his Chalkdust101 Blog for more on this. In working with reluctant readers, I like to keep in mind that there are many options and 'tomorrow is another day'." - About page.


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Graphic novels as the 21st century comic book

Graphic novels as the 21st century comic book | The Literacy Network | Scoop.it

"Find out about comic books, those action-packed stories full of colourful illustrations. You used to only find comic books in newsagencies but now they're also in bookshops and libraries. These types of comics are called graphic novels. Discover why they are all the rage."

 

Original broadcast - Behind the News (BTN) May 2010.


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QBook

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What is a QBook? QBook™ is an interactive read-along digital colour picture book format designed by Kiwa Media for young children. QBook is an eBook, iPhone and iPad app that combines a narrators...


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Dr. Seuss iPad Storybooks Add Record & Share Feature

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The Dr. Seuss iPad storybooks published by Oceanhouse Media have been among my favorite family book titles on the iPad for a long while. This week Oceanhouse have announced that they’ve added a new ‘Record & Share’ feature to a handful of their Dr. Seuss storybook titles (or omBooks as they call them) for iPad.

This new feature allows you to record your own voice – or let your child record theirs – and then share the recording with family and friends via email. You can use your own recordings to enjoy the books in Read to Me mode.


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iPads in Primary Education: Using the App Store for Persuasive Writing

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Using the App Store for Persuasive Writing


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