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

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

by David Booth, David W. Booth
     
 

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

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Overview

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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781551381473
Publisher:
Stenhouse Publishers
Publication date:
09/01/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
1,304,507
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Into the Circle of Print7
AUnderstanding the Literacy Lives of Boys11
1Reading is what girls do: Understanding boys as readers and writers11
2My father only reads the newspaper: Providing literacy models for boys17
3I would rather watch television: Constructing a reader20
4We never get to choose the books in school: Giving boys choice and ownership in their reading24
5This computer is running out of memory!: Acknowledging the impact of computer technology on boys' literacy33
BHelping Boys Become Print Powerful40
6I will never learn to read: Providing support for boys who are at risk in literacy40
7This book is too hard!: Letting boys in on the secrets of proficient readers47
8I don't know what this story is about: Helping boys to deepen and extend comprehension51
9All we do in school is read and write: Creating a viable literacy structure for boys58
CAssisting Boys in Becoming Writers66
10I don't know what to write about: Helping boys to develop writing topics that matter66
11Guess what happened to me?: Helping boys to share and shape stories from their lives70
12Can I be in the play?: Drama as a source for reading and writing73
13Do poems always have to rhyme?: Revealing and understanding emotions through poetry77
14Does spelling count?: Helping boys in building word muscles82
DStructuring Literacy Events for Boys87
15Can you show me how to do it?: Modeling and demonstrating literacy strategies87
16How can I find out?: Recognizing inquiry as a central motivation for reading and writing90
17How am I doing? What do I do next?: Demystifying assessment and evaluation processes93
EBuilding a Literacy Community99
18My mother wants you to phone her: Connecting the home, the school and the community99
19I don't like any of these books: Building literacy and literature resources for boys105
Boys and Books: No Leftovers113
Interview Questions115
Recommended Books for Boys117
Professional Reading127
Acknowledgments131
Index133

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