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

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Sports

Introduction
Being good at a sport is very important to most boys. In the news today they see the influential lives that many professional athletes lead. Unfortunately, professional athletes are not always good examples. In any case, most boys like sports and want to succeed and be accepted by their peers. Stories that depict the trials and tribulations of those who want to participate help boys to understand that they are not alone in the things they are experiencing. By reading about athletes and different kinds of sports, they can learn statistics, history, terminology, and issues and be more knowledgeable about the topic.
Discussion Questions
Have you ever played this sport?
If so, are these experiences similar to any that you have had?
How important is it to be successful at a sport?
Did you learn anything new about this sport by reading this book?
Do you have a better understanding of good sportsmanship?
Have you read other books on this sport? If so, how were they alike and different?

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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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