Sunday, December 2, 2012

Boy (and Girl) Writers: Ralph Fletcher's Ideas

Ralph Fletcher, author of  Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices (Stenhouse) suggestion tips that will help nourish all writers, but boys in particular.t.

*Try to understand them.  Some of that difference is biological.

*Tune in to boy's humor.  Captain Underpants and The Simpson's...

*Embrace choice. Once upon a time choice was a staple in writing classroom..

*Boy-friendly mentor texts.  Jon Scieszka's Knucklehead, for instance..

*Build on strengths.

*Let them see you write

*Don't punish oys for poor handwriting.

*Be realistic about revision.  Don't belabor the drafting process.

*Go for engagement first; quality later.


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