Boys and Literacy: Practical Strategies for Librarians, Teachers, and Parents

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Strategies for Change
After reading the research it is apparent that it would be very helpful to boys if we made some changes in the ways we do things at school and at home. These strategies are organized by two areas: school (behaviors, reading, and writing) and home.
Strategies for Changes at School

Behaviors
Provide all students with opportunities to move frequently, especially during lessons.
Provide boys with opportunities to show off through drama, sharing hobbies and interests, demonstrating something they have read about, etc.
Allow boys to move about the classroom as they work and think.
Give boys frequent breaks from work.
Give boys lots of opportunity for sensory activities and experiences.

Reading
Make sure that classroom and school libraries have print materials that will interest boys.
Provide boy-friendly culminating activities after completing books.
Provide a Guinness Book of World Records in the classroom and several in the library.
Separate participants in literature circles and book discussion groups by gender.
Do NOT make students read out loud unless they have had time to prepare.
Use readers' theater for developing fluency.
NEVER use round robin reading.
Demonstrate how to read and enjoy nonfiction.
Read humorous poetry aloud.

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