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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ralph Fletcher Narrator: Nathan ButlerUnspecified Nathan Berner- TobinUnspecified Pip Kolmar Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Writing test scores indicate that boys have fallen far behind girls across the grades. In general, boys don't enjoy writing as much as girls. What's wrong? How can we do a better of 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 staff developer, children's book author, and father of four boys. He also taps the insights from dozens of writing teachers around the U.S. and abroad. Boy Writers asks teachers to imagine the writing classroom from a boy's perspective, and consider specific steps we might take to create stimulating classrooms for boys.

Topic choice emerges as a crucial issue. The subjects many boys like to write about (war, weapons, outlandish fiction, zany or bathroom humor) 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 recognizing boys and the world in which they live. Boy Writers explores important questions such as:

  • What subjects are boy writers passionate about, and what motivates them as writers?
  • Why do boys like to incorporate violence into their stories, and how much should be allowed?
  • Why do we so often misread and misunderstand the humor boys include in their stories?

    Boy Writers does not advocate promoting the interests of boys at the expense of girls. Rather, it argues that developing sensitivity to the unique facets of boy writers will help teachers better address the needs of all their students.

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    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Amy | 2/19/2014

      " We had to read this for our Professional Learning Community for school. I found the writing style just bearable. He needs to learn to write himself especially if he is writing a book on Boy Writer's. The book goes on the premise that boys need to have freedom to write and can't be expected write the same as girls. I agree with some things but for the most part I felt this book was trying to give excuses to boys. Glad I am done with it and don't have to read it anymore. "

    • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melissa | 2/7/2014

      " The book spent a great deal of time telling me that boys and girls learn differently. Already knew that. Would have liked more info on how to work with boys since schools are more catered to how girls learn. "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Heather | 2/6/2014

      " This is a great front line report of boys in the language arts classroom. Fletcher provides samples of boys' writing to back up his research and "how to use it in the classroom" suggestions. It covers topics such as humor, violence, the disengaged, and boys who just can't get started. This is the book to read if you are having trouble encouraging boy writers! "

    • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Winnie | 1/23/2014

      " Giving boy choices about what they write about is crucial. Fletcher encourages teachers to think about allowing boys to write about what they like even though they are sometimes difficult for teachers to embrace (war, blood, bathroom humor etc.) "

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