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Boys and Books

Boys and Books



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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    • Boys and Books Bringing the two together October, 2007 Christian Denise
    • What are you reading?
      • Circle only three starred references in each category.
      • If you check “other”, please tell what reading material you are think of.
      • Add other type of reading material if you think of them and they are not on the list.
    • Survey Results
      • What did you learn about yourself or your own reading selections?
      • How can you relate this to how or what you teach in the classroom?
      • How does this impact the boys in your classroom?
    • True or False?
      • Boys around the world read more for information and less for enjoyment then girls.
      • Girls tend to comprehend narrative text and many expository texts better than boys because they are more verbal.
    • True or False?
      • 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.
    • True or False?
      • 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.
    • True or False?
      • Boys require more teacher time in coed settings.
      • Boys are slower to develop fine motor skills needed in writing and other literacy skills.
    • True or False?
      • Boys are twice as likely to have a learning disability than girls and receive Ritalin 4-8 more times than girls.
      • Boys are less likely to go to college and less likely to graduate; 133 women get college degrees for every 100 men that graduate.
    • True or False?
      • 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.
    • Research Says…
      • Boys value reading as an activity less than girls do; boys of an average age of 14 listed their top obstacles to reading:
      • Boring/no fun 39%
      • No time/too busy 29.8%
      • Like other activities better 11.1%
      • Can’t get into the stories 7.7%
      • I’m not good at it 4.3%
      • Source: YA Library Services Association in 2001
    • Girls….
      • prefer character driven stories and can be more verbal.
      • are more inductive in their reasoning.
      • prefer stories that revolve around relationships.
      • have more flexibility in their thinking.
      • depend more on visuals and words.
    • Boys…
      • prefer stories about things they might be “doing.”
      • are more deductive in their reasoning.
      • prefer the genres of nonfiction, graphic novels, escapism and humor.
      • tend to be more concrete in their thinking, reading and friendships.
      • depend more on visuals for learning new things.
    • Once Upon a Motorcycle Dude
      • The following read-aloud is an excellent example of the differences between male and female students and their thinking process and preferences.
    • What Boys Like
      • Fast plot, “clear-cut” characters, a well-defined problem and a satisfying conclusions
      • A “Quick Hook”
      • Conflict
      • Quick Resolutions
      • Characters they can relate to
      • Things that are visually appealing
    • What Boys Like
      • Text that is EASY to visualize.
      • Combination of pictures and words to tell a story.
      • Edgy subject matter.
      • Text that is similar to other texts they have read. (series)
      • Puns, word games and everyday language.
    • Boys and Nonfiction
      • Research shows boys are drawn towards nonfiction text.
      • However, providing quality nonfiction text is key.
      • “ 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
    • Website Resources
      • http://www.guysread.com
      • http://www.storylineonline.net
      • http://www.booksforboys.com
      • http://www.davpilkey.com
      • http://www.dangutman.com
      • http://www.rickriodan.com
      • http://www.lemonysnicket.com
      • http://www.planetesme.com
    • Comics and Graphic Novels
      • Comics: a story told with words and pictures, usually part of a series.
      • Graphic Novels: a story told in comics format and packaged like a novel, generally standing alone and not needing a series of support.
    • Comics and Graphic Novels Benefit…
      • Students who have trouble visualizing as they read.
      • Reluctant or unmotivated readers.
      • Visually dependent readers.
    • Why do readers like comics and graphic novels?
      • Humor
      • Everyday language tempered with puns, word games, etc.
      • Characters they can relate to
      • Reading for FUN, not “studying”
      • Visually appealing
      • Kids OWN comics, with little validation from educators
    • Questions and Browsing
    • Questions and Browsing