I think children who do not struggle with decoding the words can find reading boring for many reasons. Here are three of them: They have not found the right book. Their limited word and world knowledge makes many texts too difficult to understand. They are so used to reading not making sense, that they do not put much energy into making it make sense.
I wanted to spend this week covering books and strategies for reluctant boy readers and I had all these great posts that I found during the past year stored up, so here they are! This was a great post by The Hate Mongering Tart about writer Andy Sherrod who gives book suggestions and tips for getting boys to read:
Is our education system failing boys? The Harvard School of Education’s take on this raging debate. Click here for link.
The TakeAways for Me:
Hook reluctant readers by finding books that appeal to them! Graphic novels, sports themed books or whatever!
Advocates for more “boy-friendly” education have been arguing for some time that schools should include more reading materials that boys tend to like, such as action-oriented stories and graphic novels, in an effort to motivate boys to read.
Nontraditional materials such as comic books and sports-themed materials can provide an important “hook” to get boys more involved in reading.
In this novel by Joseph Bruchac, Jake Forrest leaves his reservation for a posh boarding school in Washington D.C. The two worlds could not be more different, and the only thing in common in the game of lacrosse. But at boarding school, lacrosse is played with a very different attitude than at home.