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:
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.
©2006 Ralph Fletcher; (P)2007 Stenhouse Publishers
"Written for anyone with an interest in helping young men and boys become enthusiastic and expressive writers." (Education Book Review)
Great listen for anyone helping to raise boys and nurture their scholarship. I'm a high school teacher and used this book in my design and implementation of an ongoing writers workshop in my classroom and have been astounded at the enthusiasm of the students as well as the volume and quality of their writing since taking Mr. Fletcher's words into consideration. My young men and women have benefitted from my use of strategies from this book.
Author of My Zombie Dog
Much of what is said can be applied to girls, but good to see specific strategies for encouraging reluctant boys to read and write.
Yes...as a teacher, I want to be able to help all of my students succeed in writing, but it wasn't until I experienced a male student crumpling in tears when asked to brainstorm that I realized I wasn't reaching all of children. This book was a great resource and tool to aid me in creating writers in spite of gender.
flat tone - nonfiction true but could have been more enthusiastic
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