Aligned to Common Core: Motivate The Boys To Read! What boy can resist topics such as leeches, dinosaurs, dump trucks, and firemen? This outstanding collection of original short stories, articles, interviews biographies, advertisements and more is sure to capture - and hold - the interest of all your young male readers. The subject matter, characters, and graphics have been carefully chosen to relate to boys of this age group. Real world applications address students' literacy development as they analyze a comic strip, packaging for a video game, poetry, and magazine articles. 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 over 27 short fiction and nonfiction readings, a teacher guide, teacher and student rubrics, read aloud observation form, and answer key. Supports Common Core Standards for Reading, Literature & Informational Text.