- Paperback: 200 pages
- Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers (November 6, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571104259
- ISBN-13: 978-1571104250
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 24 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #219,620 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Boy Writers: Reclaiming Their Voices
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About the Author
Ralph Fletcher has always been a special person for children's literature. He is the author of picture books, nonfiction, and novels for young readers. How to Write Your Life Story is the fifth book in Mr. Fletcher's series of instructional writing books, which includes A Writer's Notebook, Live Writing, How Writers Work, and Poetry Matters. Mr. Fletcher lives with his family in New Hampshire.
Top customer reviews
First, it's a pleasure to read. Short, pithy chapters with hands on advice and wonderful samples written by boys.
Second, it provides some very meaningful insights on the problem. I have learned so much about my son from reading this book, even beyond writing! The chapter on boy conversation was priceless!
I highly recommend this book for anyone who cares about helping a boy find his writing voice and enjoying it.
Fletcher's books for kids on writing are also quite excellent. I have read them all with my son and whenever he is stumped on something, I have him read the appropriate chapter in one of the books. Also highly recommend these!
I had the opportunity to read this book during the course of this first semester. Ralph Fletcher's insight on the minds of the boy writer, and how their voices are ignored in the classroom has made me rethink my teaching strategies. It has also given me a new perspective on writing instruction, particularly writing instruction for boys. The idea that we might be stifling great writers in our own classrooms is startling. I would recommend this book to any teacher, parents, and administrator interested in engaging students in any classroom. It is an incredibly easy read with lots of ready to apply strategies that any teacher can begin using. It will change the way you view your boy writers and writing instruction in your classroom.
Teachers with questions like these would do well to read a book like BOY WRITERS. Ralph Fletcher examines genres that boys like (humor, non-fiction, parody, for instance) and genres they don't (personal narrative and other pieces requiring reflection, for instance). Fletcher also provides tips on what to do should the boys push the envelope a bit in their writing (and they will).
If you feel that there's not much difference between the boys' and the girls' work in your class, then you may not need to read this unless you're interested in gender research as it applies to education. If, on the other hand, you are often baffled by the XY chromosomed ones, by all means buy this book. It may not only be an eye opener, it may be a possibility opener for the boys in your classroom. They'll thank you for it (well, not to your face, but you get the idea...).