Tempt Readers with Booktalks

Tempt Readers with Booktalks

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Try a New Genre–One That Boys Will Love!

Try a New Genre–One That Boys Will Love!

Several years ago there was abundant research that revealed male readers struggled with comprehension compared to female readers. However, within Reading Don’t Fix No Chevys by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith, it’s explained that boys don’t resist...
Appeal to Girls When Reading Nonfiction

Appeal to Girls When Reading Nonfiction

No one would dispute that there’s a lot of current research outlining ways to target struggling male readers. And although there may be more struggling boys than girls, that doesn’t mean teachers aren’t facing issues with their female readers. One of...
Motivate Readers to Dive into the Text

Motivate Readers to Dive into the Text

Teachers frequently ask for ways to motivate kids to want to read. After all, it’s pretty hard to work on students’ reading comprehension if they didn’t do the reading. With that said, here are two of our favorite pre-reading strategies to motivate...