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10 Books Making Creative Use of QR Codes

10 Books Making Creative Use of QR Codes | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it
QR codes are those square pixelated barcodes you may have seen popping up on consumer products, advertisements and even television shows.

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5 Fantastic Resources for Reluctant Readers

5 Fantastic Resources for Reluctant Readers | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

"5 of the best resources for reluctant readers to be found on-line. Use these tools to help your students [child or young adult depending on site] develop a love and passion for the written word."


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Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)!

Guest Post: Karen Rock on Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)! | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

"Writing books that appeal to boys is a joy and a challenge.
Here are some “boots on the ground” perspectives from readers, teachers, and librarians, as well as invaluable insights shared by children’s authors Darren Shan, Ellen Hopkins, Tim Wynne-Jones, and break-out debut novelist, Scott Blagden on how to reach this important readership."


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101 Excellent Sites for English Educators

101 Excellent Sites for English Educators | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

A list of the top 101 websites for English & Language Arts (ELA) chosen by real teachers from prominent LinkedIn groups.

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So, Mr. or Ms. English teacher, do I get high marks for my use of alliteration in the title? Pretty fancy, eh?!

If you’re not impressed by THAT feat of literary genius, I hope you’ll at least give me an “A+” for putting together this list of 101 websites for English teachers. I did it by polling several of LinkedIn’s most prominent ELA groups over the course of a few months. As always, I hope you find something that’s new (and useful) to you!


Writing Prompts and Starters
1. The Story Starter
This automatic generator comes up with over one trillion (no joke!) creative ideas for writers. It was named to Writer’s Digest Magazine’s list of 101 Best Websites for Writers in 2012.


2. Creative Writing Prompts
When your students need inspiration, this site is the place to go. It features more than 300 detailed creative writing prompts, as well as journal ideas. You can also use the writing prompts as great warm-up activities each day.

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Bomb | Steve Sheinkin | Macmillan

Bomb | Steve Sheinkin | Macmillan | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

In December of 1938, a chemist in a German laboratory made a shocking discovery: When placed next to radioactive material, a Uranium atom split in two. That simple discovery launched a scientific race that spanned 3 continents. This is the story of the atomic bomb.

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Literacy and learning linked to school library resourcing

Literacy and learning linked to school library resourcing | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

In April 2012, Softlink conducted the third annual Australian School Library Survey. The  2012 Softlink School Library Survey reports key findings into Australian school library budgets, staffing and literacy levels. Softlink has conducted the annual survey since 2010. Findings from these reports have been recognised and used by the Australian Government, the Australian School Library Association (ASLA) and Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA).


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12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media

12 Things Students Should Never Do on Social Media | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

The last thing young people want is another set of rules. But these days, social media comes with great responsibility. The fact is, irresponsible social media conduct could potentially ruin your education and negatively impact your career, not to mention hurt others in the process. (And we’re not just talking kids, either.) But most of those consequences are preventable, often with just a little foresight.


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Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels : NPR

Your Favorites: 100 Best-Ever Teen Novels : NPR | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it
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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How the graphic novel has become a teaching tool

How the graphic novel has become a teaching tool | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

"They make education so much easier. And more fun. They are the only educational tool that can engage a boy or a girl, grade 3 students or university students. How awesome is that?" (David Robertson)


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dilaycock's comment, August 12, 2012 7:45 PM
I'm not sure about the claim that a graphic novel is the ONLY educational tool to achieve universal engagement, and I would like to have seen Robertson give greater emphasis to the higher-order thinking side of things. Having said that, this piece offers a nice succinct argument for using graphic novels in the classroom.
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If You Liked “The Hunger Games”…

If You Liked “The Hunger Games”… | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | 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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The Tribe: The Interrogation of Ashala Wolf by Ambelin Kwaymullina Book Trailer

"There will come a day when a thousand Illegals descend on your detention centres. Boomers will breach the walls. Skychangers will send lightning to strike y...
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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 | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

Based on the print title, published in 2011, this book app is an inspirational read for kids ages 8 and up

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Books for Boys | ReadKiddoRead.com

Books for Boys | ReadKiddoRead.com | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it
Find great books for your children or the children you teach. The #1 bestselling author James Pattersons site guides you through titles, reviews, and exclusive content on the books children will love, and readies you when they ask for more.
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Why criminals are the new vampires in YA fiction

Why criminals are the new vampires in YA fiction | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

We all know YA literature has surges where certain genres become huge and really popular: lately, it's been magic, spies, vampires, angels and contemporary stories. So what could possibly be next? Personally, I think it's going to be crime.

 

 


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City by James Roy | Book Trailer

City by James Roy | Book Trailer | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

"Like Town, this is another collection of short stories. But as well as being set in a different kind of environment, the ways in which the characters connect in City are different too.
The thing is that in a country town, everyone thinks they know everyone else, whereas people who live in cities will happily drive for an hour to have coffee with a friend, but won’t know the name of the lady who lives upstairs.
"And since 90 percent of us live in cities, I thought that this idea was worth thinking about." JAMES ROY


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Ravensbourne School Libraries: Children's Book Award winners

Ravensbourne School Libraries: Children's Book Award winners | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it
Frank Cottrell Boyce has won the 2012 Guardian Children's Fiction Prize for his book The Unforgotten Coat. The book was inspired by a true story follows two brothers from Mongolia who go to school in Bootle, Merseyside, ...
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The Paladin Prophecy | Teenreads

The Paladin Prophecy | Teenreads | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it
Will West is careful to live life under the radar. He's made sure to get mediocre grades, but then Will slips up, accidentally scoring off the charts on a nationwide exam.
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The Book Lantern: An Intro to YA Sci-Fi

The Book Lantern: An Intro to YA Sci-Fi | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it
Because it fulfills its role as a dystopia so well – it presents us with a future that's absolutely chilling and fully imaginable. Even if you never pick another genre fiction book in YA, you have to read this one.

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Infinity Ring Trailer

Infinity Ring Trailer
Welcome to Infinity Ring, a new time travel adventure series by James Dashner where three kids must fix the past to save the future.

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Anthony Horowitz - Oblivion - The Power of Five

Anthony Horowitz - Oblivion - The Power of Five | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

Anthony Horowitz - Oblivion - The Power of Five...the final thrilling episode released 4th October 2012

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Jordan Brown: Writing for Boys

Jordan Brown: Writing for Boys | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

"If a boy is told that reading a graphic novel isn't real reading--if reading is seen as work or punishment--who's going to start to think of something as enjoyment. If boys don't develop a love of reading, they're not going to get to any of those other books that people want them to read."


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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 | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | 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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Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists!

Reading Rants! Out of the Ordinary Teen Booklists! | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it

In 1975, Arn Chorn-Pond was a carefree and enterprising Cambodian kid who snuck into movies with his brother, listened to the Beatles and played games of chance on the street to make money for candy and coconut cake. Then the Khmer Rouge came to town

This true story of heroism and fortitude was related by Arn himself to the award-winning author Patricia McCormick, who wove his words into a fictionalized account of real events. The result is a harrowing but ultimately uplifting narrative that demonstrates humanity’s enduring tendency towards hope, even in the darkest of circumstances.

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A list of great film books for boys

A list of great film books for boys | Y.A. Australian Books for Boys | Scoop.it
A list of ten great books for boys and reading, all of which have made it to film.
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