1st Edition

Reading, Writing, and Gender

ISBN 9781930556232
Published February 12, 2002 by Routledge
190 Pages

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Book Description

Like an increasing number of educators, you recognize that girls and boys approach reading and writing differently, and that boys are lagging behind girls in many assessments of literacy learning. This book does more than describe and explain these differences. It builds on the authors' state of the art research to offer instructional strategies and classroom activities to help both girls and boys develop as readers and writers. This book is for classroom teachers in grades 3 - 8 as well as for reading specialists, instructional leaders and other educators. It provides
- detailed descriptions of instructional activities, accompanied by reproducible tools and materials
- illustrative examples of student work
- concise summaries of state-of-the-art research
- ideas for action research projects.

The strategies and activities in this book have all been classroom tested with diverse student populations.

Table of Contents

Part 1 - Boys and Girls as Readers and Writers: What We Know
Part 2 - Boys and Girls as Writers: What We Can Do
- On the Shelf: Inventorying By the Teacher
- Off the Shelf: Inventorying By and With Students
- A Matter of Choice/Choice Matters to Readers
- Reading Across Purposes
- Validating the Negative
- Becoming Mapmakers of a New World: Rethinking Story and Character Maps
- Between the Two of Us -- Author and Authority: Encouraging Interpretive Reading
- Exploring Multiple Perspectives
- Understanding the Functions of Text Features
- Linking Reading in the Content Areas To Personal and Prior Knowledge
Part 3 - Boys and Girls as Writers: What We Can Do
- Enhancing Expressive Writing
- Getting to the Point Versus Guiding Readers Toward the Point When Writing to Inform
- Assertion and Negotiation: Helping Students "Make a Case" When Writing to Persuade
- Get the Picture: Development at the Planning Stage of Writing
- A Matter of Choice/Choice Matters to Writers
- Author's Craft and the Making of Meaning: Using Text Features in Writing
- Selling/Dispelling Gender Stereotypes
- Writing as an Aggressive/Transgressive Act
- Retelling Counts
- Postscript: Beyond the Page & Beyond These Pages
Recommended Readings; References

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