Rockin’ Reading For Boys By Collette KnightArticle Summary: Research has shown that boys devote less time to reading andare less motivated to read. Many boys see reading as a “girl activity”.Boys need to be engaged in reading and we must encourage them.What topics do boys enjoy? What types of books do boys like to read?According to the article, boys like to read: comics, magazines, scarystories, and graphic novels. The purpose of this article was to present the results of afederally funded study where fifth grade boys discussed the books theywere reading and what types of books they enjoyed. Twenty sevenfifth grade boys participated in the study from two classrooms in theMidwestern area of the United States. The boys were provided with aselection of fiction and nonfiction books and communicated with theresearchers through email journaling. Students were encouraged tocomment on what they liked or disliked about the books. The authoralso interviewed students regarding their reading preferences. The conclusions of the study found that boys selected booksbecause they “looked good.” Struggling readers preferred books thatwere easy to read and had wide margins. Boys enjoyed reading booksthat are part of a series. Informational and fact books are verypopular, particularly when detailed pictures and photographs areincluded. One memorable finding was that, “boys preferred bookswith significant characters who weren’t depicted as perfect but ratherhad believable flaws (Farris, 2009).” In summary, books must bebelievable!Farris, P.J. & Werderich, D. E. & Nelson, P. A. & Fuhler, C. J. (2009). Male call: Fifth-Grade boys’ reading preferences. The Reading Teacher, 63, 180-188.
th thAnnotated Bibliography- For Grades 5 -6 Robinson, Nick. (2009). Super simple paper airplanes: Step-By-Step instructions toCoffer, Eoin. (2002). Artemis Fowl. New York, NY: Hyperion Books for make planes that really fly from a Tri-Plane to a Jet Fighter. New York, NY:Children. Sterling Publishing Company. This is a story about a 12 year old genius who is also a thief. His There are over 40 different planes for boys to make. Each plane hasfather disappears in Russia and he must maintain the family’s wealth. He basic, easy to understand directions. Also includes color photographs to helpdevises a plan involving a fairy book full of their secrets and kidnapping. students create these fun, flying designs.Flanagan, John. (2006). The Ruins of Gorlan:The Rangers apprentice, Book 1. Schwartz, Alvin & Helquist, Brett. (2010). Scary stories to tell in the dark. NewNew York, NY: Puffin. York, NY: Harper Collins. This is a very popular book among adolescent boys. Will doesn’t Considered by some to be the number one book checked out of theknow who is parents are and Choosing day is arriving where he will learn library, this book is part of a series of scary books. Students enjoy the folktaleswhat his future career will be. He is apprenticed to a the secret society of and the black and white illustrations. These stories are frightening but ageRangers and must learn about this mysterious, dangerous job. appropriate.Gee, Joshua. (2007). Encyclopedia Horrifica: The Terrifying TRUTH! About Smith, Jeff. (2005). Bone: Vol. 1: Out from boneville. New York, NY: Scholastic.Vampires, Ghosts, Monsters. New York, NY: Scholastic. This is the first book in a popular 9 book series. It is a fun story in a This book tells students anything they want to know about popular graphic novel format. The characters are three ghostly figures that have variousmonsters. It also includes the history behind the familiar stories. Students funny experiences with other scary, mystical creatures.will learn interesting facts and see scary drawings and pictures. Snicket, Lemony. (1999). The Bad beginning: Series of unfortunate events, Book 1.Guinness Book of World Records. (2009). Guinness Book of World Records New York, NY: Harper Collins.2010. Published by Guinness World Records. Three children, Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire suddenly become This is one of the most popular books checked out of the library orphans and have to live with their strange uncle, Count Olaf. Terrible eventsand ordered from book orders. Students will enjoy reading about various occur and the children must learn to live in their new surroundings even thoughwacky records and accomplishments. Also includes color photos illustrating they have their suspicions about Count Olaf. Readers will turn pages quickly tomany of the more interesting facts and world records. learn what happens next.Pilkey, Dave. (1999). Captain Underpants and the Attack of the Talking Spinelli, Jerry. (1999). Maniac Magee. Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.Toilets. New York, NY: Scholastic. New York, NY: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. The main characters, Harold and George, enjoy playing tricks on Things change in a small town when a strange new kid by the name ofpeople. They sabotage a science fair with hilarious results. The cartoon style Maniac Magee shows up. Maniac views people and events differently than theillustrations are sure to entertain. other kids and makes changes to a community without even trying. This book addresses issues of racism through funny characters and events.Robertson, Matthew. (1999). The Big Book of Bugs. New York, NY:Welcome Books. Weitzman, I. & Blank, E. & Green, R. (2000). Jokelopedia: The Biggest, Best,This beautiful color illustrated book provides interesting facts and information Silliest, Dumbest, Dopiest Joke Book. New York: NY: Workman Publishingregarding various bugs. Some of the pictures are 3-D and students use the 3- Company.D glasses that accompany the book. Boys will have fun testing their This book contains over 1,700 jokes appropriate for children. Studentsknowledge on the short quizzes. will have fun attempting to repeat the tongue twisters and puns. The jokes are organized into categories that even include jokes about teachers.
Six Favorites from Guy Write for Guys Read Prelutsky, Jack. (2005). Boys Are Big Experts. This is a very short poem that sums up the fun activities that boys engage in including reading. Paolini, Christopher. (2005). It All Began with Books. The author provides excerpts of well written and imaginative fantasy created by authors from almost a thousand years ago. Paulsen, Gary. (2005). From How Angel Peterson Got His Name. A hilarious recollection of stunts by the author and his family members. Pinkney, Jerry. (2005). Role-Playing and Discovery. The author shares his love for westerns through fun, make believe games as a child and how these experiences influenced his future writing. Shan, Darren. (2005). Guyifesto-Who We Are! The author provides funny explanations for why guys burp, scratch, wrestle and other “guy” activities. Sis, Peter. (2005). Untitled. The illustrator provides examples of his amazing drawings which can be seen in works by author Jack Prelutsky.ReferencesFarris, P.J. & Werderich, D. E. & Nelson, P. A. & Fuhler, C. J. (2009). Male call:Fifth-Grade boys’ reading preferences. The Reading Teacher, 63, 180-188.Scieszka, Jon. (2005). Guys write for guys read. New York, NY: Penguin Group.ImagesBoy Rocker:http://www.det.wa.edu.au/education/cmis/eval/images/sections/fiction/rocksolosm