Connecting Boys with Books 2: Closing the Reading Gap by Michael Sullivan

By Michael Sullivan

In his highly winning "Connecting Boys with Books" (2003), Sullivan delved into the matter that interpreting abilities of pre-adolescent boys lag in the back of these of women within the comparable age staff. during this significant other publication, Sullivan digs even deeper, melding his personal studies as an activist with views gleaned from different specialists that will help you: find out about the books that boys like to learn; discover the symptoms that time to the interpreting hole; locate inventive new programming principles to check boys' pursuits; and, determine a strategic blueprint for boys and studying. Drawing on greater than two decades of expertise, Sullivan exhibits easy methods to reinvigorate the experience of pleasure that boys felt once they first heard an image ebook being learn aloud.

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This is the tipping point in a boy’s reading, the moment when he must become an independent reader. 3 This is also when the struts begin to be pulled out from under him. Reading may be one of the hardest skills we are asked to master in our lives, and we are supposed to do it by age seven. But the news is worse for the average boy, whose brain development is already lagging a year or more behind that of the girls in his class. 4 That is tragic. 5 Boys at age nine scored five points lower than girls on the 2003 NAEP.

Gabriel Alexander, “CUSD Looks to Close Reading, Math Gap between Boys, Girls,” Clovis Independent, June 9, 2006, 1. 4. Christine Robinson, “Boys: A Developmental Difference,” Casper Star Tribune, August 1, 2007, A5. 46â•…â•… Read for Fun, Read Forever 5. Guys Read Pilot Program: Final Report (Fairbanks North Star Borough Public Library, 2007), 1. 6. Bill Costello, “Leveraging Gender Differences to Boost Test Scores,” Principal, January/ February 2008, 50. 7. Dan Kindlon and Michael Thompson, Raising Cain: Protecting the Emotional Life of Boys (New York: Ballantine, 2000), 33.

30â•…â•… Boys and Girls Are Different When boys go to school, they find a similar situation. From kindergarten through high school in the United States, 75 percent of teachers are women. 17 Thomas Dee’s analysis of the National Education Longitudinal Survey uncovered the fact that, among 25,000 eighth graders, those students who had teachers of the same gender scored 4 percent better than average in reading. 18 That may well be because boys score lower than girls in reading anyway, or because students who identify more closely with their teachers are more motivated, or because teachers who share a certain outlook may teach in a way that speaks to the student.

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