Do you want to engage middle and high school young males with reading? Try magazines.
Magazines provide a glimpse of different worldviews. They provide topics that may not come up at home or the classroom. They also help develop reading skills, expand vocabulary and can offer a good conversation starters.
Other reading skills that can be gained from reading magazines are:
-High interest, engaging articles
-Shorter, manageable chunks of information
-Provides context and background knowledge
-Students practice reading informational text
-Interpersonal communications language skills
-Focus on text structures and text features
-Students practice close reading
-Talk and write about informational text
-Differentiated reading levels
Many public libraries subscribe to print and e-magazines.
Tre has a new book in his series Cheesestakes & Clippers.
His books focus on community and financial literacy and entrepreneurship.
Tre also hosts an AMAZING Vlog focusing on literacy and does tremendous work to create access for young people to engage in reading.
Check him out at @mrlitedu and support his efforts to create opportunities through literacy.
The Burning House: Educating Black Boys in Modern America by Desmond Williams.
Join us as we speak to Educator & Author Desmond Williams and discuss literacy, being an administrator, and deconstructing the educational system, and what it takes to get young Black males to succeed.
Join us as we talk about his latest publication: Teaching Black Boys in the Elementary Grades: Advanced Disciplinary Reading and Writing to Secure Their Futures, growing up in Chicago, his reading habits, the influence of public libraries, and much more!
Can we talk about how to learn to read with different purposes in mind?
This article has me thinking about how do those who educate about reading teach reading BY FORMAT.
Reading by screen and print may present different levels of concentration AND comprehension.
How do we teach and learn by the format? What tools do you use to get the most out of reading a screen? Are you still a print, highlighter, stick note reader?
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Join We Are Here Lit! as we talk to Dr. Nathaniel Bryan and his new book Toward a BlackBoyCrit Pedagogy: Black Boys, Male Teachers, and Early Childhood Classroom Practices.
We will discuss Dr. Bryan's educational and literacy journey, supporting educators, what is BlackBoyCrit, Black boys & sports, homeschooling, and much more.
Dr. Tatum is currently focusing on environmental literacy. We cannot wait to see what comes of this. He is a leading literacy researcher with a focus on young Black males.If you are not familiar with Dr. Alfred Tatum's work, please check out his work in Google Scholar, as well as, some of the books included in this post.
His latest publication is: Teaching Black Boys in the Elementary Grades: Advanced Disciplinary Reading and Writing to Secure Their Futures.
Join us as we collaborate with @mrlitedu for our first Virtual Book Club as we read his latest publication, details in the IG bio.
We Are Here Lit! & R.E.A.D. Books with Joziah!
We are featured on an episode of the most excellent podcast, R.E.A.D. with Joziah (@readbookswithjoziah)
Join us as we discuss Jason Reynolds's book Ghost (1) (Track), and also hear Joziah share some fun facts and more!
If you have a young person who likes to read, have them listen to R.E.A.D. Books with Joziah on your favorite podcast platform.
It is of the highest honor to have been chosen to participate in this podcast. We Are Here Lit's mission is to uplift youth, centering Black male voices as our mission, goal, and core value
Upcoming new Professional Development title!
Black Boys Are Lit: Emerging PreK-3 Gifted & Talented Black Boys Using Multicultural Literature and Ford's Bloom-Banks Matrix
By Brian L. Wright, Donna Y. Ford, and James L. Moore
This title advocates for the rethinking of literacies by repositioning White-centered texts that often reflect and represent power and privilege toward centering the brilliance of Black identities of Black children in general, Black boys in particular.
Black boys (of all ages) want to and need to physically see positive images of themselves in books reflected at them. This representation, we argue, . When Black boys see themselves portrayed visually, textually, and realistically in children's books, vital messages of recognition, value, affirmation, and validation are conveyed. Recognition of the sociocultural contexts in which they live is celebrated.
Books for and about Black boys must be rigorous, authentic, multicultural, and developmentally appropriate to allow them to synthesize what they have read, heard, and seen during literacy instruction in authentic and meaningful ways.
Developmentally appropriate books should vary with and adapt to the age, experience, and interests of gifted and talented Black boys to allow them the opportunity to demonstrate critical thinking, textual analysis skills and convey conceptual knowledge.
A book about strategies for instruction of gifted young Black males is long overdue. We look forward to reading this work.
WE ARE HERE will provide you book reviews, discussions, news, and programming about literature and literacy by and about Black males. This site will also feature vlog conversations on topics related to the promoting literacy and voice for Black boys and young men.