Reclaiming Their Voices
Writing test scores indicate that boys have fallen far behind girls across the year levels. Many teachers report that, in general, boys don’t enjoy writing as much as girls. What’s wrong? How can we do a better job of creating “boy-friendly” classrooms so their voices can be heard?
In Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, Ralph Fletcher draws upon his years of experience as a staff developer, children’s book author and father of four boys. He also relates the insights shared by dozens of writing teachers around the US and abroad. Boy Writers asks teachers to imagine the writing classroom from a boy’s perspective and to consider specific steps we might take to create stimulating classrooms for them.
Topic choice emerges as a crucial issue. The subjects many boys like to write about (war, weapons, outlandish fiction, zany or bathroom humour) often do not get a warm reception from teachers. Ralph argues that we must widen the circle and give boys more choice if we want to engage them as writers. How? We must begin by understanding boys and the world in which they live. In addition, Boy Writers examines issues of genre, handwriting and drawing, and conferring.
Each chapter begins with a thorough discussion of a topic and ends with a highly practical section titled “What can I do in my classroom?” Boy Writers does not advocate promoting the interests of boys as the expense of girls’ interests. Rather, it argues that developing sensitivity to the unique facts of boy writers will help teachers better address the needs of all their students.
|Publish date||2016-09-19 00:00:00|
|Partner Name||Stenhouse Publishers|
|Key Learning Area||Cross-Curricular, English|