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Boys and Books
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Boys and Books

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The following is from a class that a colleague and I taught pertaining to boys and literature.

The following is from a class that a colleague and I taught pertaining to boys and literature.

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  • 1. Boys and Books Bringing the two together October, 2007 Christian Denise
  • 2. What are you reading? <ul><li>Circle only three starred references in each category. </li></ul><ul><li>If you check “other”, please tell what reading material you are think of. </li></ul><ul><li>Add other type of reading material if you think of them and they are not on the list. </li></ul>
  • 3. Survey Results <ul><li>What did you learn about yourself or your own reading selections? </li></ul><ul><li>How can you relate this to how or what you teach in the classroom? </li></ul><ul><li>How does this impact the boys in your classroom? </li></ul>
  • 4. True or False? <ul><li>Boys around the world read more for information and less for enjoyment then girls. </li></ul><ul><li>Girls tend to comprehend narrative text and many expository texts better than boys because they are more verbal. </li></ul>
  • 5. True or False? <ul><li>Boys increasingly consider themselves to be “nonreaders” as they get older; very few designate themselves as such early in their schooling, but nearly 50% make that designation in high school. </li></ul>
  • 6. True or False? <ul><li>Boys like to collect things and so get more interested in collecting series books also give them a “known quantity”…once they’ve finished one book in the series, they are familiar with the next books and feel confident about reading them. </li></ul>
  • 7. True or False? <ul><li>Boys require more teacher time in coed settings. </li></ul><ul><li>Boys are slower to develop fine motor skills needed in writing and other literacy skills. </li></ul>
  • 8. True or False? <ul><li>Boys are twice as likely to have a learning disability than girls and receive Ritalin 4-8 more times than girls. </li></ul><ul><li>Boys are less likely to go to college and less likely to graduate; 133 women get college degrees for every 100 men that graduate. </li></ul>
  • 9. True or False? <ul><li>The male brain is better at storing single-sentence information (even trivia) than the female brain. The male brain holds a visual advantage in working with lists. </li></ul>
  • 10. Research Says… <ul><li>Boys value reading as an activity less than girls do; boys of an average age of 14 listed their top obstacles to reading: </li></ul><ul><li>Boring/no fun 39% </li></ul><ul><li>No time/too busy 29.8% </li></ul><ul><li>Like other activities better 11.1% </li></ul><ul><li>Can’t get into the stories 7.7% </li></ul><ul><li>I’m not good at it 4.3% </li></ul><ul><li>Source: YA Library Services Association in 2001 </li></ul>
  • 11. Girls…. <ul><li>prefer character driven stories and can be more verbal. </li></ul><ul><li>are more inductive in their reasoning. </li></ul><ul><li>prefer stories that revolve around relationships. </li></ul><ul><li>have more flexibility in their thinking. </li></ul><ul><li>depend more on visuals and words. </li></ul>
  • 12. Boys… <ul><li>prefer stories about things they might be “doing.” </li></ul><ul><li>are more deductive in their reasoning. </li></ul><ul><li>prefer the genres of nonfiction, graphic novels, escapism and humor. </li></ul><ul><li>tend to be more concrete in their thinking, reading and friendships. </li></ul><ul><li>depend more on visuals for learning new things. </li></ul>
  • 13. Once Upon a Motorcycle Dude <ul><li>The following read-aloud is an excellent example of the differences between male and female students and their thinking process and preferences. </li></ul>
  • 14. What Boys Like <ul><li>Fast plot, “clear-cut” characters, a well-defined problem and a satisfying conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>A “Quick Hook” </li></ul><ul><li>Conflict </li></ul><ul><li>Quick Resolutions </li></ul><ul><li>Characters they can relate to </li></ul><ul><li>Things that are visually appealing </li></ul>
  • 15. What Boys Like <ul><li>Text that is EASY to visualize. </li></ul><ul><li>Combination of pictures and words to tell a story. </li></ul><ul><li>Edgy subject matter. </li></ul><ul><li>Text that is similar to other texts they have read. (series) </li></ul><ul><li>Puns, word games and everyday language. </li></ul>
  • 16. Boys and Nonfiction <ul><li>Research shows boys are drawn towards nonfiction text. </li></ul><ul><li>However, providing quality nonfiction text is key. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Ten Tests for Nonfiction” adapted from Eyeopeners: How to Choose and Use Children’s Books about Real People, Places and Things by Beverly Korbin, Penguin, 1988, pages 59-64 </li></ul>
  • 17. Website Resources <ul><li>http://www.guysread.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.storylineonline.net </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.booksforboys.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.davpilkey.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.dangutman.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rickriodan.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.lemonysnicket.com </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.planetesme.com </li></ul>
  • 18. Comics and Graphic Novels <ul><li>Comics: a story told with words and pictures, usually part of a series. </li></ul><ul><li>Graphic Novels: a story told in comics format and packaged like a novel, generally standing alone and not needing a series of support. </li></ul>
  • 19. Comics and Graphic Novels Benefit… <ul><li>Students who have trouble visualizing as they read. </li></ul><ul><li>Reluctant or unmotivated readers. </li></ul><ul><li>Visually dependent readers. </li></ul>
  • 20. Why do readers like comics and graphic novels? <ul><li>Humor </li></ul><ul><li>Everyday language tempered with puns, word games, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Characters they can relate to </li></ul><ul><li>Reading for FUN, not “studying” </li></ul><ul><li>Visually appealing </li></ul><ul><li>Kids OWN comics, with little validation from educators </li></ul>
  • 21. Questions and Browsing
  • 22. Questions and Browsing

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