Even Hockey Players Read: Boys, Literacy and Reading / Edition 1

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This comprehensive overview of the challenging issues around boys and reading includes strategies and practical solutions for helping struggling readers.

The role of gender in reading success is a complex one. This book faces the issues head-on, uncovering many of the assumptions and stereotypes parents and educators have about boys and how they handle the world of print text. Included are the voices of boys and men interviewed by the author, who reveal their literacy challenges, struggles, tastes and values. These "real" voices provide valuable insights into how we can support boys in their journey towards becoming successful readers and writers.

Even Hockey Players Read explores the powerful potential of literacy in a boy's life:

  • What factors in the home and in the classroom influence the literacy lives of boys?
  • Why do so many boys select different reading materials than girls?
  • Why do girls score higher than boys do on tests of reading achievement?
  • Why do so many males consider themselves non-readers?
  • Are society's expectations for boys' and girls' literacy lives different?
  • Do we minimize the literacy needs of girls if we focus on the difficulties with boys?

Drawing upon his background as a parent and a literacy educator, the author suggests a wealth of strategies and techniques for promoting an alternative culture of literacy in school and home settings, where what children choose to read is valued alongside what children need to read. Even Hockey Players Read advocates changing the classroom environment so that

  • Boys who can't read are helped;
  • Boys who don't read become motivated;
  • Boys who do read find enrichment.

This highly readable book demonstrates the powerful potential of literacy in the lives of boys. It is essential reading for teachers who want to guide boys to a love of reading that will help them in their school life and beyond.

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Editorial Reviews

Education professor Booth draws on his professional and personal backgrounds as teacher and parent to present the ways in which boys are frustrated or facilitated in being and becoming readers. He reiterates themes familiar from Stephen Krashen's Power of Reading (Libraries Unlimited, 1993/VOYA, Graphically Speaking, October 1993), Jim Trelease's Read-Aloud Handbook (Dutton, 1985/VOYA, Graphically Speaking, October 1993), and two recent books on boys and reading, Readin' Don't Fix No Chevys (Heinemann, 2002/VOYA August 2002) and To Be a Boy, To Be a Reader (International Reading Association, 2002/VOYA August 2002). These books consider the need for adult reader role models, choice in reading material, the concept of reading as something only girls do, and the fallacies of defining reading only as the ability to read and appreciate narrative fiction. Booth also covers ways to improve direct instruction, reading proficiency and comprehension, and using poetry, writing, and drama to strengthen boys' reading competencies and assess them accurately. Also included are a list of interview questions to use with boys to determine reading activities and attitudes, a list of recommended books for boys, and a list of professional reading on the topic. The book's style is engaging, and it is comprehensive in coverage and passionate on the topic, primarily because of Booth's involvement with his son's development as a reader. The many quotes from his son, student teachers, writers, and researchers presented as sidebars, plus the photos of boys, enrich the primary text. Some quotes and citations are omitted from the professional bibliography, which is a minor although annoying editing glitch. Overall,this inspiring and provocative book by an ultimate reflective educator covers a topic directly related to the work of young adult librarians. Index. Illus. Biblio. Further Reading. 2002, Stenhouse, 135p, Chelton
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551381473
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,289,131
  • Product dimensions: 10.60 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: Into the Circle of Print 7
A Understanding the Literacy Lives of Boys 11
1 Reading is what girls do: Understanding boys as readers and writers 11
2 My father only reads the newspaper: Providing literacy models for boys 17
3 I would rather watch television: Constructing a reader 20
4 We never get to choose the books in school: Giving boys choice and ownership in their reading 24
5 This computer is running out of memory!: Acknowledging the impact of computer technology on boys' literacy 33
B Helping Boys Become Print Powerful 40
6 I will never learn to read: Providing support for boys who are at risk in literacy 40
7 This book is too hard!: Letting boys in on the secrets of proficient readers 47
8 I don't know what this story is about: Helping boys to deepen and extend comprehension 51
9 All we do in school is read and write: Creating a viable literacy structure for boys 58
C Assisting Boys in Becoming Writers 66
10 I don't know what to write about: Helping boys to develop writing topics that matter 66
11 Guess what happened to me?: Helping boys to share and shape stories from their lives 70
12 Can I be in the play?: Drama as a source for reading and writing 73
13 Do poems always have to rhyme?: Revealing and understanding emotions through poetry 77
14 Does spelling count?: Helping boys in building word muscles 82
D Structuring Literacy Events for Boys 87
15 Can you show me how to do it?: Modeling and demonstrating literacy strategies 87
16 How can I find out?: Recognizing inquiry as a central motivation for reading and writing 90
17 How am I doing? What do I do next?: Demystifying assessment and evaluation processes 93
E Building a Literacy Community 99
18 My mother wants you to phone her: Connecting the home, the school and the community 99
19 I don't like any of these books: Building literacy and literature resources for boys 105
Boys and Books: No Leftovers 113
Interview Questions 115
Recommended Books for Boys 117
Professional Reading 127
Acknowledgments 131
Index 133
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