Bright Beginnings—Jon Scieszka, award-winning author and creator of GuysRead.com
Kathleen Puckett has thirty seven years experience as a teacher, administrator, and teacher educator in special education. She co-authored (with Blanche O'Bannon) "Preparing to Use Technology: A Practical Guide to Curriculum Integration "(Pearson) which takes the perspective that readily available technology can assist all students in achieving their learning goals. William G. Brozo is a literacy scholar and teacher with numerous articles and books on reading, including "Content Literacy for Today's Adolescents: Honoring Diversity and Building Competence" and "50 Content Area Strategies for Adolescent Literacy" (both of Pearson). Bill is also co-author of the "The Reading Teacher" column, "Content Literacy" and columnist of "Strategic Moves" for the international journal, "Thinking Classroom," He is a national and international literacy consultant and professional developer.
Literacy and boys is currently a hot issue in education and the media. This new book by award winning authors Knowles and Smith explores the facts and research on the topic and furnishes annotations of current, relevant journal and magazine articles. It gives strategies for making changes in the classroom and the home to help improve the literacy of boys and includes suggestions based on current brain research. Chapters focusing on genres of particular interest to boys (horror, adventure, science fiction, war, fantasy, mysteries, etc.) include information, annotated journal articles, general discussion questions, at least ten book annotations, and a list of additional titles for each genre. All titles also include a reading level and one chapter features graphic novels. Helpful appendices furnish information about magazines and authors of particular interest to boys. Grades 4-8.
Distinguished educator Dorothy Strickland introduces the collection with a discussion of the challenges facing teachers today, a summary of trends and research in early literacy, and suggestions for how these articles can be used in professional development settings. Included with each article are reflection questions to spark discussion in school-based professional learning communities or teacher education classrooms.