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Reading Don't Fix No Chevys: Literacy in the Lives of Young Men

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The problems of boys in schools, especially in reading and writing, have been the focus of statistical data, but rarely does research point out how literacy educators can combat those problems. That situation has changed. Michael Smith and Jeff Wilhelm, two of the most respected names in English education and in the teaching of reading, worked with a very diverse group of young men to understand how they use literacy and what conditions promote it. In this book they share what they have learned.

Through a variety of creative research methods and an extended series of interviews with 49 young men in middle and high school who differ in class, race, academic achievement, kind of school, and geography, the authors identified the factors that motivated these young men to become accomplished in the activities they most enjoyed-factors that marked the boys' literate activities outside of school, but were largely absent from their literate lives in school. Their study questions the way reading and literature are typically taught and suggests powerful alternatives to traditional instruction.

Building their findings on their understanding of the powerful and engaging experiences boys had outside of school, Smith and Wilhelm discuss why boys embrace or reject certain ways of being literate, how boys read and engage with different kinds of texts, and what qualities of texts appeal to boys. Throughout, the authors highlight the importance of choice, the boys' need to be shown how to read, the cost of the traditional teaching of difficult canonical texts, and the crucial place of meaningful social activity.

The authors' data-driven findings are provocative, explaining why boys reject much of school literacy and how progressive curricula and instruction might help boys engage with literacy and all learning in more productive ways. Providing both challenges and practical advice for overcoming those challenges, Smith and Wilhelm have produced a book that will appeal to teachers, teacher educators, and parents alike.

Book News Annotation:

Based on interviews and observations with a diverse group of 49 young men, this book describes their motivations and applies this understanding to the teaching of literacy skills. It identifies the situations which promote literacy, the texts boys enjoy, and the implications of this knowledge for classroom practices. Smith teaches English education at Rutgers University. Wilhelm teaches literacy at the University of Maine.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

Building their findings on their understanding of the powerful and engaging experiences boys had outside of school, Smith and Wilhelm discuss why boys embrace or reject certain ways of being literate, how boys read and engage with different kinds of texts, and what qualities of texts appeal to boys. Throughout, the authors highlight the importance of choice, the boys' need to be shown how to read, the cost of the traditional teaching of difficult canonical texts, and the crucial place of meaningful social activity. The authors' data-driven findings are provocative, explaining why boys reject much of school literacy and how progressive curricula and instruction might help boys engage with literacy and all learning in more productive ways. Providing both challenges and practical advice for overcoming those challenges, Smith and Wilhelm have produced a book that will appeal to teachers, teacher educators, and parents alike.

Synopsis:

The problems of boys in schools, especially in reading and writing, have been the focus of statistical data, but rarely does research point out how literacy educators can combat those problems. That situation has changed. Michael Smith and Jeff Wilhelm, two of the most respected names in English education and in the teaching of reading, worked with a very diverse group of young men to understand how they use literacy and what conditions promote it. In this book they share what they have learned. Through a variety of creative research methods and an extended series of interviews with 49 young men in middle and high school who differ in class, race, academic achievement, kind of school, and geography, the authors identified the factors that motivated these young men to become accomplished in the activities they most enjoyedfactors that marked the boys' literate activities outside of school, but were largely absent from their literate lives in school. Their study questions the way readin

About the Author

Michael W. Smith is a professor in Temple University's College of Education. In his research he works to understand how experienced readers read and talk about literary texts, how adolescents read and talk about texts both in and out of school, and how teachers can help prepare students to have more meaningful transactions when they read, interests he developed during his eleven years of teaching high school English. He has been Chair of the Literature Special Interest Group of the American Educational Research Association, co-Chair of the National Council of Teachers of English Assembly for Research, and co-editor of Research in the Teaching of English. He was recently elected as a Fellow of the National Conference on Research in Language and Literacy.Jeffrey D. Wilhelm is a professor of English education at Boise State University, where he also directs the Boise State Writing Project and serves as the in-service director for a national demonstration site project in content-area literacy. He previously taught middle and high school for fifteen years. A past winner of NCTE's promising-researcher award, and a current member of the editorial board for Voices from the Middle, Jeff has authored or coauthored three books with Heinemann: "Reading Don't Fix No Chevys" (2002), Strategic Reading (2001), and Imagining to Learn (1998). In addition, he is a Heinemann Professional Development provider.

Table of Contents

What's Going Down: A Review of the Current Concerns Around Boys and Literacy

Going with the Flow: What Boys Like to Do and Why They Like to Do It

Do the Right Thing: The Instrumental Value of School and Reading

Mostly Outside, Rarely Inside: Situations That Promote Literacy

May I Have the Envelope Please? The Texts Boys Enjoy and Why They Enjoy Them

A Profound Challenge: Applications for Classroom Practice

Appendixes:

A. Major Coding Categories

B. Reading Log Directions and Examples

C. Category System for the Protocol Analysis and Distribution of Moves by Story

Product Details

ISBN:
9780867095098
Foreword:
Newkirk, Tom
Publisher:
Heinemann Educational Books
Foreword by:
Newkirk, Tom
Foreword:
Newkirk, Tom
Author:
Wilhelm, Jeffrey D.
Author:
Smith, Michael
Author:
Smith, Michael W.
Author:
Wilhelm, Jeffrey
Location:
Portsmouth, NH
Subject:
Education
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Language Arts
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Reading
Subject:
Language arts
Subject:
Students & Student Life
Subject:
Teenage boys
Subject:
Language arts (Secondary) -- United States.
Subject:
Teenage boys - Education - United States
Subject:
Teaching Methods & Materials - Reading & Phonics
Subject:
Secondary
Subject:
Education-Teaching Reading and Writing
Subject:
General education.
Copyright:
Series Volume:
107-8
Publication Date:
20020331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9.25x7.34x.49 in. .95 lbs.
Age Level:
from 12 up to 17

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"Synopsis" by , Building their findings on their understanding of the powerful and engaging experiences boys had outside of school, Smith and Wilhelm discuss why boys embrace or reject certain ways of being literate, how boys read and engage with different kinds of texts, and what qualities of texts appeal to boys. Throughout, the authors highlight the importance of choice, the boys' need to be shown how to read, the cost of the traditional teaching of difficult canonical texts, and the crucial place of meaningful social activity. The authors' data-driven findings are provocative, explaining why boys reject much of school literacy and how progressive curricula and instruction might help boys engage with literacy and all learning in more productive ways. Providing both challenges and practical advice for overcoming those challenges, Smith and Wilhelm have produced a book that will appeal to teachers, teacher educators, and parents alike.
"Synopsis" by , The problems of boys in schools, especially in reading and writing, have been the focus of statistical data, but rarely does research point out how literacy educators can combat those problems. That situation has changed. Michael Smith and Jeff Wilhelm, two of the most respected names in English education and in the teaching of reading, worked with a very diverse group of young men to understand how they use literacy and what conditions promote it. In this book they share what they have learned. Through a variety of creative research methods and an extended series of interviews with 49 young men in middle and high school who differ in class, race, academic achievement, kind of school, and geography, the authors identified the factors that motivated these young men to become accomplished in the activities they most enjoyedfactors that marked the boys' literate activities outside of school, but were largely absent from their literate lives in school. Their study questions the way readin
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