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Real Boys Read Books

The wide reading programme, Real Boys Read Books, promotes reading as an enjoyable recreational activity, promoting regular reading — at school, and each night at home for at least half an hour. It aims to acknowledge students' own interests in reading while promoting wide reading rather than the safety of familiar territory, encouraging them to read widely in different genres and experiencing the works of a wider range of authors.

Students are encouraged to devote at least 30 minutes each evening to reading for pleasure.  As well as reading literature, students should be encouraged to read the daily newspaper to keep abreast with, and express informed opinions about, current issues.

Opportunities for students to share their reading experiences as well as to recommend books to their peers operates through class programs such as Literature Circles, oral book reviews and book club forums.

Teachers are encouraged to:
show interest in their students' reading and to regularly check and discuss their students' reading logs;
promote student reading by displaying their students' work in the library or in the classroom;
monitor their student's reading to ensure students don't cheat about total books read;
show an interest in reading. Students learn by example. It is important students see their teachers value reading and see them reading and hear them talking about the books they're reading;
promote the acquisition of English language in students where English is their second language;
motivate and support the reluctant reader;
extend the accomplished reader;
give students of different abilities and interests, increased confidence and a sense of achievement;
encourage reading as a personal, routine habit;
give students direct experience of the pleasure derived from reading;
give students the opportunity to express their opinion about books in a variety of forms;
encourage students' ability to read with greater discrimination;
encourage parental participation and interest in the reading material of their children;
stimulate interest in reading, through guided free choice of reading material.
Outline of reading programme:
Students read a minimum of two texts on a different genre each term.
The reading lists offer a variety of reading styles, interests and levels, and include a selection of titles, both fiction and non-fiction which:
— provide a reading challenge for the exceptional student;
— offer high interest for the competent though reluctant reader;
— suggest some interesting possibilities for thematic and/or comparative study.
Our Reading Links page (navigate to your left at top of this page) offers extensive on-line reading lists. For students who may not where to begin, we recommend the 100 best teen novels as a starting point. Students may also wish to join the MHS Library's Goodreads program.
Students record their reading on the appropriate Wide Reading Record Sheet.
At least one English lesson per fortnight should be devoted to reading in the library or in the classroom.
The reading session is utilised in the following ways:
— reading quietly;
— discussions about books students are reading;
— working on activity for that theme;
— showing class their activity work when complete;
— and brief, informal oral reviews of books read.
Students learn the conventions of writing formal book reviews that include the following features: background information on genre, author, comparison with other works by author and within the genre; analysis of theme, setting, characterisation, plot, style; an evaluation and judgement of the book
Teachers are encouraged to provide their students with opportunities to use their wide reading for the development of independent information research skills that address the learning focus and standards statements from all three strands.
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