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What do teenagers like to read?

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on 18 October 2014

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Transcript of What do teenagers like to read?

Books Set in Dystopian Societies
Books Tackling Serious Subjects
• Portray circumstances unfamiliar
and more challenging than their own.
• Tackle tough subjects including illegal drug use, teen suicide, sexual assault
Books with Teenage Protagonists
• Teenage narrative voice
• Familiar, comfortable and approachable
• Gives the teen reader a better grasp of the story, especially if the setting or conflict is unfamiliar

What do teenagers like to read?
Empower student by trusting them with roles far beyond reality.
• An apparently bleak world is re-imagined and lit up by children who understand clearly what is worth saving as they step from childhood to adulthood.
• Frequently family is let go, while friendship or trust in others becomes the future foundation.
• Reader only has to invest and familiarize himself with one set of characters or circumstances which carries from book to book.
• Has already broken thorough the first challenge of reading : entering the story world
Books Written as Series
• Love books that reveal how other people live in both realistic and invented settings.
• Accounts for the popularity of science fiction, fantasy, and dystopian novels
• Protagonist often is rebelling against the established, controlling society
• Themes teenagers can easily relate to (Eccleshare)

Works Cited
Eccleshare, Julia. "Why Do Teens Like Dystopian Fiction So Much?" N.p., 08 July 2013. Web. 12 Oct. 2014. <http://www.theguardian.com/childrens-books-site/2013/jul/08/book-doctor-teens-like-dystopian-fiction>.

Layfield, Emily. "What Do Teenagers Like to Read?" EHow.com. N.p., 30 July 2014. Web. 12 Oct. 2014. <http://www.ehow.com/about_4600029_what-do-teenagers-like-read.html>.

“Teenagers and Reading. “Teenagers and Reading. Reading is Fundamental, n.d. Web. 11 Oct. 2014 <http://www.rif.org/us/literacy-resources/articles/teenagers-and-reading.htm>.

Interview Responses
Maze Runner / Scorch Trials series
Magic Tree House Series
Hunger Games
Hunger Games
VietNam: I Pledge Alligeance
Diary of Wimppy Kid series
Hunger Games (required)
I don't read
Hunger Games (required)
I don't read

I don't read

I don’t read

Maze Runner
Everyone's Angel

Eragon series
Percy jackson series
Maze Runner series
WWII historical fiction

9th grade female

9th grade male

10th grade female

10th grade male

11 grade female

11th grade male

12th grade female

12th grade male

My Story:Elizabeth Smart

Through My Eyes:Tim Tebow

Left to Tell (required)

Left to Tell (required)

Heaven Is For Real
90 Minutes in Heaven
Fault of our Stars

Sports Illustrated
Modern Day Technology

Books by Grade Level

Students read a lot of series books. It is a great way to get students interested in reading and to keep them reading. The first challenge of reading is "entering the story world" (Layfield) and understanding the setting and characters. Series alleviate that problem.

What I have learned
Dystopian fiction is very popular. In these books, the protagonist is often rebelling against the established, controlling society. Many readers may feel empowered when they step into roles beyond reality. However, I worry about students escaping to this imagined place where society is in some important way undesirable or frightening. I only hope they are able to distinguish real from imaginary.
• Have a variety of reading materials available
• Give students opportunity to choose their own books
• Build on teens’ interests and books written for teens
• View pleasure reading as a value in itself
– read for fun!
• Make reading a natural part of life
– set an example by reading
• Make a list of books other teenagers have enjoyed
• Let one good thing (like a book) lead to another
(RIF :Teenagers and Reading)

A Summary to Share with Teachers
I am still saddened by those who only read
required reading. Maybe I can change
that "I don't read" attitude.
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