Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents

By Elizabeth Knowles; Martha Smith | Go to book overview

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Realistic Fiction

Introduction
It is comforting to know that we are not alone when we experience upsets and dilemmas. Boys can strengthen character and develop understanding of peers, teachers, parents, and siblings by reading realistic stories set in recent times. Seeing how others deal with issues and realizing that they, too, will overcome their problems helps boys to be more understanding and feel better about themselves.
Discussion Questions
Did you learn anything about yourself when reading this book?
Have you been in a similar situation?
How did the main character handle the issues presented in this book?
Do you know anyone who is like the main character?
How would this story have changed if the main character did things differently or made different choices?
How important is it to seek help when things are getting rough?
Do you know an adult who will help you if you ask?

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • What Does the Research Say? xi
  • Strategies for Change xvii
  • 1: Humor 1
  • 2: Adventure 9
  • 3: Information/Nonfiction 17
  • 4: Fantasy/Science Fiction 25
  • 5: Horror/Mystery 35
  • 6: Sports 43
  • 7: War 53
  • 8: Biography 63
  • 9: History 71
  • 10: Graphic Novels 81
  • 11: Realistic Fiction 87
  • Appendix A - Author Information Just for Boys 97
  • Appendix B - Magazine Information 121
  • Works Cited 135
  • Resources 137
  • Author Index 139
  • Title Index 149
  • About the Authors 165
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