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Helping Boys Become Stronger Writers

Publication: Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo, a blog on Education Week
Date: November 27, 2012

Summary: Larry Ferlazzo poses the question, "What advice can you give to help teachers be more effective in helping students become better writers?" In part three of this blog series, Ralph Fletcher, educator and author of Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices, shares tips on how to nurture student writers, particularly boys who are shown statistically to struggle more with writing.


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I've spent most of my professional career helping teachers find wiser ways of teaching writing. In the past few years I've become interested in how we might do a better job of engaging our boy writers. Empirical and anecdotal evidence suggests that boy writers are struggling. According to the most recent NAEP test results (2011) 38% of 8th grade girls scored "proficient" or above—only 18% of 8th grade boys scored proficient.

The tips that follow will help nourish all writers, but boys in particular will benefit. . . .

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Read "Response: Helping Boys Become Stronger Writers" in Classroom Q&A with Larry Ferlazzo , a blog on Education Week.

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