Aligned to Common Core: Motivate The Boys To Read. What adolescent boy can resist topics such as snowboarding, tsunamis, ipods and airport security? This outstanding collection of original short stories, articles, interviews, and more is sure to capture - and hold - the interest of all your male readers. The subject matter, characters, and graphics have been carefully chosen to relate to boys' lives, and are just the right length. Real world applications address students' emotional development as they delve into issues like homelessness, sex education, and smoking. The before, during, and after reading exercises incorporate effective, research-based reading comprehension strategies including: activating prior knowledge, predicting, visualizing, questioning, drawing inferences, summarizing, synthesizing, monitoring and repairing comprehension, and evaluation. Includes 18 short fiction and nonfiction readings, a teacher guide, teacher and student rubrics, read aloud observation form, and answer key. Aligned to Common Core Standards for Reading, Literature & Informational Text.