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Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents [Paperback]

Liz Knowles , Martha Smith

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30 Mar 2005 1591582121 978-1591582120 annotated edition
Provides strategies for making changes in the classroom and home that will help improve the literacy of boys Literacy and boys is currently a hot issue in education and the media. This new book explores the facts and research on the topic and furnishes annotations of current, relevant journal and magazine articles. It gives strategies for making changes in the classroom and the home to help improve the literacy of boys and includes suggestions based on current brain research. Chapters focusing on genres of particular interest to boys (horror, adventure, science fiction, war, fantasy, mysteries, etc) include information, annotated journal articles, general discussion questions, at least ten book annotations, and a list of additional titles for each genre. All titles will also include a reading level and one chapter will feature graphic novels. Helpful appendices will furnish information about magazines and authors of particular interest to boys. Addresses a current issue of concern in education and the media Includes suggestions for materials that will encourage boys to read.

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"All children need good literacy skills, but helping boys to become enthusiastic readers requires a specialized approach. Educators Elizabeth Knowles and Martha Smith explore the facts and research on this topic in "Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents". They address classroom changes and focus on genres of particular interest to boys--humor, adventure, fantasy/science fiction, horror/mystery, war, and graphic novels--and also include annotations and reading levels for the recommended titles." - Reference & Research Book News

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ELIZABETH KNOWLES, Ed.D., an elementary teacher for 29 years, is currently Director of Staff Development at Pine Crest School in Boca Raton, Florida. MARTHA SMITH, a media specialist at the same school, has 21 years of experience.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Why boys don't read! 14 Mar 2006
By K. Gialdini - Published on
Research points to many facts on why boys don't read and that library professionals must use strategies for change. Recommendations from the book: book discussion groups, literature circles, the need for more male librarians, and more library programs that appeal to boys. The book also includes: 11 genre chapters, author information and book lists, plus magazine lists for boys. I was disappointed in this book - I was looking for more strategies to reach out to boys and not just long bibliographies of books many of which I knew about already. For $35.00 I really didn't learn anything new from this book. The annotated journal articles are worthy of merit.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Some really good info 15 May 2008
By Shelly E. Niemeyer - Published on
I found the info in the beginning to be extraordinarily helpful. I was trying to get my boys to read novels, when all they want to read is comics. The rest of the book is not so helpful and I am not going to buy it because of the ridiculous price. I borrowed it from the library which I suggest you do, too.

Update 2014: I used the suggestions in this book, the most helpful was to let your boys read what they LIKE, even if you don't like it. Manga, graphic novels, magazines and even comic books are still reading. Now they are teens and one is a reader and one still does better with audio books. This book helped me consider something other than the classic novel.
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