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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