By William G. Brozo

Boys and studying : the demanding situations and probabilities --
Literature and optimistic male archetypes --
Teaching optimistic male archetypes with literature --
Creating profitable literacy reviews for boys --
Achieving a language curriculum for boys : the genuine males unit --
Alternative texts and practices to interact male readers --
Community companions in boys' literacy development --
Turning adolescent boys into engaged readers : ultimate classes --
Appendix : literature with optimistic male archetypes.

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It states that human life may not be touched from the moment of conception until the age of 13. However, between the ages of 13 and 18, a parent may choose retroactive abortion of a son or daughter, provided the youth’s life doesn’t “technically” end. ” Connor’s parents want him unwound because he’s always getting into trouble. Authorities are planning to unwind Risa, an orphan, to save expenses for her care. Lev’s strict religious family has planned for his unwinding since birth as a form of human sacrifice to God.

He causes controversy and piques consciousness. He is “a spiritual figure of great antagonism who insists on battling falsehoods and telling the truth to society without regard to his own safety, success, or welfare” (Arnold, 1995, p. 33). This archetype has no room for pretense or false commitment. A spiritual friend of mine described the Prophet archetype to me in a homespun way that makes clear this last point. He said, “The Prophet is like the ham in a ham and egg breakfast. Whereas the chicken makes a partial contribution to the meal, the pig makes a full commitment by giving his life.

Arnold (1995) describes the Patriarch as “the archetype in the masculine psyche that offers to father those who are not so fortunate, who are orphaned or lost or helpless or who need guidance and wise direction” (p. 89). Exploration of this archetype teaches young men to understand what it means to be a father. Adolescent boys can also find expression for this fatherhood in ways that serve others just as powerfully as these boys will come to serve their own children. The ideals of the Patriarch, for example, can inspire boys to provide community service, such as helping homeless people, reading to patients in children’s hospitals, and participating in beautification and cleanup efforts.

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