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  • AIM-ing at Tweens and Young Teens
    Teri S. Lesesne
    (rhymes with insane)
    Twitter: @ProfessorNana
  • Close your eyes (yes… close your eyes) and take a moment to think back on…
    • a happy memory from when you were 10 years old
    • a sad memory from when you were 11 years old
    • an embarrassing memory from when you were 12 years old
    • a great memory from when you were 13 years old
    • a “traumatic” memory from when you were 14 years old
    3
  • Now take a moment to share one of those memories with the person to your right and left….
    4
    How different were your memories from the person next to you? They may have been very different or there may have been some similarities.
  • There are no cookie-cutter adolescent experiences. Some of these things will apply to the tweens and early teens you know and some of them won’t.
    5
  • Defining Tweens
    Tweens is a fluid definition meaning that different development happen at different rates in different tweens. Some 10 year olds may have begun physically developing while others may not see these changes until they are 13 or even older.
    6
    Anderson, 2007
  • What’s going on physically?
    7
  • Some Physical Basics
    Tweens and early teens are being bombarded by hormones and begin to develop reproductively (i.e. breasts, pubic hair, etc.)*
    Many experience a growth surge. Guys get taller, and girls get rounder.
    Many experience a hormonal rollercoaster – becoming moody and seemingly different over night.
    8
    Pruitt, 1999
  • What’s going on psychologically?
    9
  • Some Psychological Basics
    Their reasoning capabilities rise to new levels of complexity.
    The adolescent is learning how to handle adult responsibilities.
    Moral development is shifting from reward-punishment to good girl, good boy behavior.
    10
    Pruitt, 1999
  • What’s going on socially?
    11
  • Social Development Basics
    Expected increase in freedom
    Move away from family toward peers
    Likely to have best friends of the similar social and ethnic backgrounds.
    In 7th grade, the above holds true PLUS they want friends with similar attitudes and values.
    Peer approval and acceptance grows more important.
    12
    Pruitt, 1999
  • So when I began to write a book about tweens and teens and reading….
    A title
    Some research
    A late night inspiration
    13
  • 14
    The title
  • The Naked Reader
  • The research?
    Vickey Giles
    Karen Sue Gibson
    Replicated study from 20 years earlier
    The questions?
    16
  • What could someone do to make you WANTto read BEFORE/AFTER you read?
    The converse: what could someone do to make you HATE to read BEFORE/AFTER you read?
    17
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?K-12
    Being allowed to choose any book you want to read
    18
  • Nonfiction, perhaps?
  • Biography
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?K-5
    Reading in a comfortable place like on the floor, in a bean bag chair, or in a rocking chair
    21
  • Adventure and Survival
  • Historical settings
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?K-5
    Being allowed to buy your own book through a book fair
    24
  • Most Popular Selling Titles
  • Book Trailers
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4BK_2VULCU
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nqB-Jue1oeA
  • Popular Series
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?K-5
    Reading books for a contest
    28
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?K-12
    Having a classroom library
    29
  • Classrooms in Books, Too!
  • Classrooms in Books, Two!
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?K-12
    Having the teacher read a book or chapter a day
    32
  • Chapter Read Alouds
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?K-12
    Having the teacher take you to the library
    34
  • Good Book Box Titles
    Amulet of Samarkand
    Bone
    Every Bone Tells a Story
    Flat Broke
    Fourth Stall
    Ghost in the Machine
    Great Wall of Lucy Wu
    How to Grow Up and Rule the World
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?6-12
    Having the author come to the school
    36
  • Author Madness
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?6-12
    Seeing the movie or television production of a book.
    38
  • Movie Adaptations
  • What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read?6-12
    Being allowed to read books with lots of pictures in them.
    40
  • Pictures Galore!
  • The late night inspiration
    T-A-R-G-E-T
    42
  • T ARGET
    43
  • T is for TRUST
    44
  • We Know the Good Books!Because We Read Them, Too!
  • Strictly Guy Stuff (not)
  • A is for ACCESS
    47
  • Accessibility X 2
  • R is for RESPONSE
    49
  • G is for GUIDANCE
    51
  • Reading ladders
    Begin with where they are
    Build reading experiences slowly
    Move readers “up” with assistance
    Provide bridges between books
    52
  • for instance…
    53
  • Humor Reading Ladder
    Developmental
    physical
    character
    situation
    language
  • 57
    There are many ways to describe Ms. Underdorf.
     
    She was brilliant and joyous, and she believed-probably correctly-that libraries contain the answers to everything, and that if you can’t find the information you seek in the library, then such information probably does not exist in this or any other parallel universe now or ever to be known.
     
    She was thoughtful and kind and always believed the best of everybody. She was, above all else, a master librarian and knew where to find any book on any subject in the shortest possible time.
     
    And she was wonderfully unhinged…
     
    And so the Amazing Armadillo.
  • E is for ENTHUSIASM
    62
  • You have to like them first
  • T is for TWEEN and TEEN APPEAL
    64
  • Established names
    Authors to trust
    65
  • Trustedf Authors
  • Familiar
    Stories
    Settings
    themes
    67
  • Sound Familiar?
  • Issues
    Developmentally appropriate
    69
  • Finally, Assessment
    We have them reading now. Assessment is important but assessment needs to be carefully done so as not to make kids hate reading all over again.
    AR
    Book Reports
    Journals
  • So, what are the alternatives?
    Twitter (summary skills)
    Facebook: post as a character and create a page
    Dragon Dictation: response while reading: annotating text
    Ugly Book Contest
  • Need new covers
  • Peck’s Questions
    What would the story be like if the main character were of the opposite sex?
    Why is the story set where it is?
    Would you film this book in black and white or color?
    What one thing in the story has happened to you?
    What does the title tell you about the book? Does it tell the truth?
  • The possibilities are endless!