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To Be a Boy, to Be a Reader: Engaging Teen…

To Be a Boy, to Be a Reader: Engaging Teen and Preteen Boys in Active…

by William G. Brozo

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Author describes how to find books for boys using 10 positive male archetypes: Pilgrim (searcher, wanderer, wants to improve life), Patriarch (care, nobility, self-sacrifice), King (trustworthy, leader), Warrior (brave, edifying, honorable), Magician (intuitive, clever), Wildman (lustiness, unpredictability, independent), Healer (mystical, spiritual, heals societies that are suffering), Prophet (controversial, piques consciousness, revelations), Trickster (irreverent, funny, satirical), and Lover (giving, caring, intimate). By teaching these archetypes through literature, the author believes that boys will find reading relevant to their lives and learn about honorable ways to be a man.
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When it comes to reading, teen and preteen boys are your toughest students. Now, solutions are at hand in this one-of-a-kind book that offers ideas for using literature with positive male archetypes to motivate boys to read and capture their unique imaginations. Author Brozo defines several such archetypes and shares instructional vignettes in which teachers across the curriculum develop innovative strategies and activities using young adult books with these archetypes. He also shows you how to work with adults in the community to positively influence boys' literacy behavior and create conditions that encourage them to read. A foreword by Jon Scieszka explains why the need to help boys is so urgent. An appendix offers a booklist of 300 titles to help you identify appropriate archetypal literature.

Although this book is geared specifically toward helping boys, the author points out that the strategies presented may also benefit girls by exposing them to positive male images that are unlike the stereotypes of masculinity they are exposed to every day.

To Be a Boy, To Be a Reader will help you stop the cycle of adolescent boys' struggles with reading and engender a love of reading that last a lifetime.

The International Reading Association is the world's premier organization of literacy professionals. Our titles promote reading by providing professional development to continuously advance the quality of literacy instruction and research.

Research-based, classroom-tested, and peer-reviewed, IRA titles are among the highest quality tools that help literacy professionals do their jobs better.

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Emphasizes the importance of engaging boys in active literacy both in and out of the classroom. Structured on the premise that adolescent males need to be exposed to literary images they can identify with and look up to, 10 positive male archtypes are presented. Included are classroom stratgies for using reading material containing these archtypes and an appendix of over 300 titles for teachers and parents. Each chapter also contains Boy Talk, in which boys discuss their experiences with literature.… (more)

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