Boys differ from girls in the reading materials they choose. This class is an independent exploration of how to turn reluctant males into enthusiastic readers. You will navigate resource rich websites and discover how to find reading materials that appeal to boys. You will evaluate, select, and add titles to your program with a focus on informational texts, biographies, graphic novels, magazines, etc. Upon completion of this course you will have researched and designed literature-based activities that are ready for immediate use in your reading program. Grades K-8
Learner OutcomesParticipants will:
- Become familiar with the newest research on why boys have a harder time choosing reading material than girls do.
- Gather ideas for using the best in informational texts, biographies, fiction and other areas of reading to interest males of all ages and abilities.
- Understand techniques for creating and managing a literature-rich classroom environment for all genders.
- Identify the characteristics and qualities of good children's literature.
- Find out how the Internet can be a valuable resource in learning about books that interest boys.
- Gain knowledge of the outstanding range of Web sites that promotes literature for males.
- Survey books used in the classroom and library and assess goals for creating a climate of understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures and ethnic heritages.
- Establish a community of readers through shared experiences.
I believe that I’ve benefited from this class more than any other I can think of, and I very much appreciate your guiding questions, topics of research, and thoughtful responses.
---Summer 2016 Student
Last summer I took a course, through TINT, Strategies to Engage Male Readers, and the response to the new strategies, and choices of books I used, was incredible. So, having had such an incredible experience this year, using some of the strategies and titles from the last course I took through TINT, I am looking to now revamp the read aloud component of my literacy block.
---Summer 2015 Student
As a result of taking this class, I have learned a lot about the way I view boys as readers…In my future classrooms…I will definitely be taking into account each child as an individual, and getting to know them as readers. I will promote comics, graphic novels, magazines, informational texts, and audio books along with the more “traditional” forms of reading, and validate these boys in what they find most engaging. I will also keep in mind that while not all boys will consider reading enjoyable, they can still enjoy a book, or a magazine, and I can help them build off of that. The most important thing is to maintain a positive connection with reading and to create excitement around books every day.
---Fall 2014 Student