Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents

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Overview

Literacy and boys is currently a hot issue in education and the media. This new book by award winning authors Knowles and Smith 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 also include a reading level and one chapter features graphic novels. Helpful appendices furnish information about magazines and authors of particular interest to boys. Grades 4-8.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"Highly recommended for its wealth of practical strategies and its comprehensive annotated bibliographies."

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Education Libraries

"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."

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Reference & Research Book News

"[A] useful tool for teachers, librarians or parents looking for additional lists of books that will interest boys."

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American Libraries

"This carefully organized guide is designed to encourage boys to become better and more enthusiastic readers….Writing, discussion, art, and performance connections to reading are described as important tools for keeping boys interested and engaged at home, in the library, and at school. The predominant content is a selection of well-balanced extensive annotated reading lists and bibliographies on topics of interest to boys from elementary school through high school."

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VOYA

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582120
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.41 (d)

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH KNOWLES, Ed.D. received her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education from Central Connecticut State University, a master's degree in Reading from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Development and Systemic Change, also from Nova Southeastern University. Liz has been an elementary teacher, grades K-6, for 30 years. She has also been an adjunct professor, teaching graduate courses in reading, at Florida Atlantic University. She currently serves as Director of Professional Development and Curriculum for both campuses (Ft. Lauderdale and Boca Raton) of Pine Crest School in Florida.

MARTHA SMITH received her undergraduate degree in Library Science from Eastern Michigan University and a master's degree of education in Library Science from the University of South Florida. Martha has been a media specialist for over 20 years in the Pre-K through 8th grade setting and is currently serving as Library Media Specialist at Pine Crest School, Boca Raton, Florida.

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Table of Contents

What does the research say?
Strategies for change
1 Humor 1
2 Adventure 9
3 Information/nonfiction 17
4 Fantasy/science fiction 25
5 Horror/mystery 35
6 Sports 43
7 War 53
8 Biography 63
9 History 71
10 Graphic novels 81
11 Realistic fiction 87
App. A Author information just for boys 97
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