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  • 1. NAKED READING: UNCOVERING WHAT TWEENS AND TEENS WANT AND NEED TO BECOME LIFELONG READERS with Dr. Teri S. Lesesne (rhymes with insane) Sam Houston State University Huntsville, TX
  • 2. To the woman, we think you’re a teacher, With the books on the two train By Some anonymous students 2
  • 3. On the platform for the 2 train you stand with a book in your hand the pages open Which is how you enter the train Reading Sometimes you smile, or frown Once you even cried on the train when you were reading Night and a man sitting across the aisle said he cried too, when he read that book and we thought, we want to read that book so we did 3
  • 4. And then you were reading all those basketball books by Walter Dean Myers so we read those too speeding along on the 2 train one time you saw us reading Slam and you said I love that book and do you think Slam is going to make it in high school? We do, we think he’s going to make it 4
  • 5. Then you were reading some really hard stuff Epistemology of the Closet, Postmodern Narrative Theory and we tried those, but we think you have to have read the books those authors have read, if you want to read their books Our favorite is when you are reading poetry Picnic, Lightning and you lean back against the seat and smile and keep reading the same page again and again we do that now and it’s really nice 5
  • 6. Last week you were reading The Life of Pi and we rushed out to buy it So we could be in the lifeboat adrift in the blue, blue sea with the boy, the Bengal Tiger, and you If we don’t see you next year on the train Maybe sometime we’ll bump into each other on the platform You’ll know us because we’ll have books in our hands 6
  • 7. But we cannot leave it up to chance… Matches need to be made deliberately and, we hope, successfully 7
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  • 9. “People are so desperate to raise test scores that we could well end up with a nation of kids who can pass tests but can neither read critically nor enjoy the act of reading itself.” P. David Pearson NEA Today, 2004 9
  • 10. When we begin to lose readers Thirty years ago   High school literary canon Twenty years ago   Middle school slump In the past 5 years (NCLB)   Fourth grade 10
  • 11. How can we build readers? THE NOAH PRINCIPLE 11
  • 12. Before we start, close your eyes and take a moment to think back on… • a happy memory from when you were 10 years old OR a sad memory from when you were 11 years old OR • an embarrassing memory from when you were 12 years old OR • a “traumatic” memory from when you were 13-14 years old • 12
  • 13. Now take a moment to share one of those memories with the person to your right or left…. How different were your memories from the person next to you? They may have been very different or there may have been some similarities. 13
  • 14. There is no one template for the tween anymore than there is no one template for any other group. 14
  • 15. So when I began to write a book about tweens and reading…. A title Some research A late night inspiration 15
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  • 17. The naked child 17
  • 18. The research? Vickey Giles  Karen Sue Gibson  Replicated study from 20 years earlier  The questions?  18
  • 19. What could someone do to make you WANT to read BEFORE/AFTER you read? The converse: what could someone do to make you HATE to read BEFORE/AFTER you read? 19
  • 20. 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 20
  • 21. Mudshark by Gary Paulsen 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. 21
  • 22. Atheneum, 2009
  • 23. What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? K-12 Having a classroom library (having easy access to books) 23
  • 24. Scholastic
  • 25. What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? K-12 Having someone read a book or chapter a day aloud Audio fits in here 25
  • 26. Odyssey Award, 2009
  • 27. Other Audio Winners
  • 28. What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? K-12 Going to the library But being able to find good books! 28
  • 29. How to find the good books? @ the check out Box Cart Display
  • 30. Scholastic
  • 31. What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? 6-12 Meet the author 31
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  • 33. What could someone do to make you want to read BEFORE you read? 6-12 Seeing the movie or television production of a book. 34
  • 34. Did they get it right?
  • 35. 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. 36
  • 36. Graphic Novels 37
  • 37. More GNs 38
  • 38. Late night inspiration T-A-R-G-E-T 39
  • 39. T is for TRUST 40
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  • 44. A is for ACCESS 45
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  • 48. R is for RESPONSE 49
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  • 52. G is for GUIDANCE 53
  • 53. Reading Ladders 54
  • 54. Humor Develops Basic, physical  Character and situation  Irony and Satire  55
  • 55. Odd but true 56
  • 56. Foul plays 57
  • 57. Blogs and other stuff 58
  • 58. Just plain fun 59
  • 59. Politically incorrect 60
  • 60. Juvenile humor 61
  • 61. Food humor 62
  • 62. Young at heart 63
  • 63. Bathroom humor 64
  • 64. Episodic humor 65
  • 65. Funny poems 66
  • 66. Word play humor 67
  • 67. Audio humor 68
  • 68. Sophisticated humor 69
  • 69. It is not very polite to interrupt a person, of course. But sometimes if the person is very unpleasant you can hardly stop yourself. 70
  • 70. Most schools have a system of loud bells which startle the students and teachers at regular intervals and remind them that time is passing even more slowly than it seems. 71
  • 71. The expression “Those who can’t do, teach,” is a curious one, because if you look at the world, you’ll see that teachers aren’t particularly worse than anyone else, so perhaps the expression might be better worded as, “Nobody can do anything.” 72
  • 72. Playing with genres 73
  • 73. E is for ENTHUSIASM 74
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  • 76. T is for TWEEN APPEAL 77
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  • 78. Who dun it? Reynie Kate Sticky Constance 79
  • 79. New series Jonah Chip 80
  • 80. Autobiography 81
  • 81. Jaws 82
  • 82. Trivia that’s cool 83
  • 83. Math phobic? 84
  • 84. Anime meets nonfiction 85
  • 85. Web based text 86
  • 86. Call out boxes 87
  • 87. I need a good book I need a good story, I need a good book. The kind that explodes Off the shelf. I need some good writing, Alive and exciting, To contemplate All by myself. 88
  • 88. I need a good novel, I need a good read, I probably need Two or three, I need a good tale Of love and betrayal Or perhaps An adventure at sea. 89
  • 89. I need a good saga. I need a good yarn. A momentous and mighty Or slight one. But with thousands And thousands And thousands of books, I need someone To tell me The right one. John Lithgow  90
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