Reaching Reluctant Readers

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This presentation was given at the Maine Alternative Education Association Conference

Co-Presenter, 2010 Alternative Education Association of Maine Conference, "Reaching Reluctant Readers" with Scott Maccallum

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Reaching Reluctant Readers

  1. 1. Reaching Reluctant ReadersBy Justin Hoenke and Scott Maccallum Portland Public Library
  2. 2. GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANTThis is the principle we need to adopt...
  3. 3. WHY?If we give them what they want, then they willfollow through.Their own choice=more personal investment
  4. 4. GRAPHIC NOVELSWHY?● Theyre not just comic books● Stories full of rich characters, detailed plots, and solid storylines● Theyre legitimate works of art.and, oh yeah, teens seem to LOVE THEM.
  5. 5. TOP TEN LISTS The American Library Assocation (ALA) andThe Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) ARE YOUR FRIENDS!
  6. 6. VIDEO GAMES
  7. 7. VIDEO GAMES DONT TEACH YOU ANYTHING.THIS IS A GIANT MYTH
  8. 8. Video games have all the elements of stories....CHARACTERSPLOTDIALOGUECLIMAXDRAMA and the list goes on
  9. 9. VIDEO GAMES AND.....Books go well together...for example, take the game Halo, which has ahuge number of novels, graphic novels, andnon fiction books written about the universe inwhich the game takes place.AND STRATEGY GUIDES!

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