Aligned to Common Core: Motivate The Boys To Read! What young boy can resist topics such as heroes, monster trucks, mysterious planets, pirates and building a skateboard park? This outstanding collection of original short stories, articles, interviews, biographies, 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 9/11, advertisement, recycling and body image. 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 24 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.