Middle School
English Language Arts

The Reluctant Reader: Middle Years Boys Edition

Reading is an absolutely essential skill for all students; it raises achievement in all subject areas making it crucial. Being a proficient reader is one thing...enjoying reading brings it to a whole new level. As a teacher, I know that boys are sometimes losing interest in reading, particularly at the Middle Years level. Below are some tips and tools for ensuring that your male students in Middle Years continue to be ravenous readers!
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The Reluctant Reader: Middle Years Boys Edition
  • Melissa Williams says:
    This is a fantastic, comprehensive list of short novels that would appeal to boys in Middle School. As as added bonus, most are a part of a series to encourage further reading. The topics and genres are varied but they are all safe bets for sparking and keeping a love of reading.
  • k12reader.com
    k12reader.com

    Boys and Reading: Strategies for Success

    3 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This article deals with the 'why' (why are boys typically not reading as much as girls at these age levels) and the 'what' (practical strategies and ideas for addressing and coping with this issue). This is a quick read that offers a lot of insight into the issues. Understanding why this is happening is crucial to solving the problem.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Ready to try a lesson designed to get your male students interested in a novel? This plan does just that (it would work well for your female students as well)! This plan includes a series of lessons focused on courage in a specific novel. It is offered through the readwritethink site. This is a practical application of the ideas for young male readers.
  • theguardian.com
    theguardian.com

    How can we encourage boys to read for pleasure?

    5 minute read
    Melissa Williams says:
    This article from The Guardian is full of ideas from teachers on the subject of getting boys to read more. It's to-the-point and includes topics/ideas such as likening it to sports training and finding non-fiction books about sports or cars for example. Excellent points are made!
  • Melissa Williams says:
    Check out this helpful video hosted by the US National Ambassador for Young People's Literature. It explores the topic of using comics and graphic novels to appeal to the young male reader. I have had success with using this method in the past; it is truly an excellent strategy. The short video includes interviews, tips and insights that are extremely valuable.
  • Melissa Williams says:
    I love this guide and have used the information myself when struggling to get certain boys in my classes to be more passionate about reading. There's tons of information on topics such as role models, learning styles and assessment tools. A must-read for any middle years teacher.