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Boys' Literacy

Discussion in 'English' started by louiseelsiet, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. louiseelsiet

    louiseelsiet New commenter

    Hi,
    I am hoping that someone can help and offer me some advice or share their experiences with me regarding improving boys' literacy.
    I have a low ability Year 4 class this year. The boys within the class lack motivation when it comes to writing and reading. The progress of the boys is going to be monitored closely throughout the year and I am wondering if anyone has any advice, projects that you may have set up in the past that have made a difference to boys within your class. I really need some help!! I am hoping that our History topic will grab their attention and I have several WOW days planned linking topic to our writing work.
    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. What about getting them as a group or in groups to put together a magazine/newspaper/website? I don't mean just "And tonight's homework is to write a newspaper report about Hannibal crossing the Alps", but to create a publication with ads, advice column, letters page, interviews, recipes, etc as well as news stories. Could be fun tying this in with a history unit! You could do as much research and teaching of specialised writing skills as you liked; or cut this down a bit if the object is to get them to read or write something. Lots of co-operative learning as well!
    Horrible Histories-style gruesome facts often appeal, and can tempt lower-motivation pupils to read more.
     
  3. gruoch

    gruoch Occasional commenter

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