(Updated) This class has been rescheduled for January 28 – March 10, 2012.
Beyond Farts and Firetrucks: Writing Books For and About Boys
10/01/12–11/11/12 | Reg $198.00 | Loft Literary Center Members $178.20
In this class, we will consider what strategies we can use to engage the elusive boy reader. We will begin by discussing the strategies that get many boys to pick up a book in the first place, such as humor, action, and high-interest topics. We will then delve deeper into what makes a book memorable and important, a “home run” book that turns a kid onto reading for life. Readings and discussions will primarily cover chapter books and middle grade books, with a few research-based articles on literacy to guide us. In preparation for this class, you may want to read Hatchet by Gary Paulsen and The Midnight Fox by Betsy Byars.