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Boys Read: Considering Courage in Novels

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Boys Read: Considering Courage in Novels

Grades 6 – 8
Lesson Plan Type Unit
Estimated Time Eight 45- to 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Helen Hoffner, Ed.D.

Ridley Park, Pennsylvania


International Literacy Association


Materials and Technology

Student Interactives






  • Computers with Internet access and printing capability

  • Multiple copies of each of the five novels chosen from the Suggested Booklist (six to eight copies of each titles)

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Graphic Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Graphic Map

The Graphic Map assists teachers and students in reading and writing activities by charting the high and low points related to a particular item or group of items, such as events during a day or chapters in a book.


Persuasion Map

Grades   3 – 12  |  Student Interactive  |  Organizing & Summarizing

Persuasion Map

The Persuasion Map is an interactive graphic organizer that enables students to map out their arguments for a persuasive essay or debate.


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  • Suggested Booklist

  • Self-Assessment

  • Teacher's Assessment
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    1. Select five appropriate titles with distinct male protagonists, and obtain six to eight copies of each title for use by students. Refer to the Suggested Booklist and visit the Guys Read website to find motivating books for boys.

    2. Familiarize yourself with the five selected titles and prepare a synopsis of each to share with your students during Session 1. Intriguing synopses for many of the books can be found on Nancy Keane's Booktalks-Quick and Simple.

    3. Divide each title into four approximately equal sections for suggested reading assignments.

    4. Considering your students' learning styles as well as their strengths and needs, determine the most effective grouping arrangement for your class. It is suggested that students work with a partner or in small groups during Sessions 1 to 5 of this lesson. In Sessions 6 to 8, students should work independently.

    5. Visit the Teenreads.com website and familiarize yourself with the Word of Mouth and Monthly Poll features. Bookmark the site for easy access by students.

    Note: Because Teenreads.com is designed for the full range of the teen years, ages 13 to 19, some of the material may be inappropriate for sixth- to eighth-grade students. Preview the site to determine whether it is appropriate for the intended students before implementing this lesson.

    6. Familiarize yourself with the online Graphic Map and Persuasion Map. Make sure these tools function properly on your school's computers, and bookmark the sites for easy access by students. Note that students will need to print both the Graphic Maps and the Persuasion Maps for use in Session 6.

    7. Schedule access to computers with Internet access for Sessions 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 8. Students will also need computers for Session 7 if they will be writing their essays using a word processing program.

    Note: Session 6 requires a computer for each student.

    8. Make a copy for each student of the Self-Assessment sheet.

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