Making the Match: The Right Book for the Right Reader at the Right Time, Grades 4-12 / Edition 1

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Overview

What do adolescents care about? Chatting on-line with friends, movies, their favorite bands . . . but many are also avid readers. What motivates some of these "typical teens" to become lifelong readers and others to slide by with the minimum amount of assigned reading? Teri Lesesne says the key is finding the books that get them hooked in the first place.

In Making the Match she focuses on three distinct areas that will assist teachers and librarians in steering students to the literature they love:

  • Knowing the readers: discussion of important theories in the development of adolescents (mentally, physically, morally, socially) and how that information helps educators to reach these kids with books. This background information is brought home through the book's “snapshots” which profile many of the adolescents the author has worked with.
  • Knowing the books: examination of the various forms, formats, and genres that YA literature has to offer, as well as what special challenges educators face when selecting quality nonfiction or realistic fiction, and the role picture books can play in this process.
  • Knowing the strategies: an overview of concrete ideas for motivating students to read as well as follow-up activities for post-reading assessment. Strategies discussed include reading aloud, booktalking, alternatives to traditional book reports, and literature circles.

A delightful feature of the book that will help inspire teachers and students alike—as well as underscore the concepts contained in the text—is a series of vignettes by popular, award-winning YA authors that offer glimpses into their own feelings and memories of books and reading. Authors include: Sharon Creech, Jack Gantos, Chris Crutcher, Mel Glenn, Paul Janeczko, and others.

The book concludes with an invaluable set of appendices providing an FAQ on YA literature, bibliographies of professional materials, books by the vignette authors, and over twenty booklists with hundreds of books organized by genre or topic, all with suggested grade levels.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103819
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 248
  • Sales rank: 670,097
  • Product dimensions: 7.38 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 0.67 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
My Life as a Reader in a Stolen Moment Talkin' Blues 5
On Reading or a Reader Grows in Brooklyn 8
A Literary Quest 10
Exploring Feelings and Desires in Books 18
Finding the Meaning Myself 29
The Gift of Reading 40
What Reading Means to Me 47
The Richness of Books 49
The Hardy Boys Made Me Do It 51
A Reader, a Romantic 65
Writing to Make One Fall from Trees 82
Reading: Natural and Essential 99
Riding the Roller Coaster 101
Lift Off 102
Wondering What's Around the Bend 113
Books Make Life Easier 122
Afterword 146
Teaching Kids to Love to Read 149
App.: Book Lists and Resources 150
Contributors' Works 221
Professional Works Cited 231
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