To encourage boys' reading, look to book clubs
Isaiah Sattlefield, center, a sixth-grader at Golden Hills Elementary in Bellevue, joins with other members of his boys book club in creating a “Sharp Shot” story map, which helps them sort out the plot, characters and themes of the Jack Higgins novel, below. National reading tests show higher scores for girls at all three grade levels tested. Teachers have better luck coaxing boys to read if the subject matter piques their interest, such as action-adventure, humor and literary nonfiction.
Posted: Monday, May 20, 2013 12:00 am
Over a school lunch of spaghetti and meatballs earlier this spring, a group of fifth- and sixth-grade boys — and one girl who likes spy novels — discussed the ups and downs of youth author Jack Higgins' latest action-adventure novel.
Tessie Boudreau, Golden Hills Elementary School's literacy coach, charted the nonstop action on an oversized sheet of paper.
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