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Help I have a class room of 14 year old boys who hate to read.

Jan 25, 2015 3:55pm

I have a class room of young men who do not like to read at all. They fight article, short stories, even a paragraph. Any suggestions ?

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    • Jan 25, 2015 6:11pm

      What about comic books or graphic novels? They are super engaging, chunk the text, and allow for pacing.

      • Jan 26, 2015 4:41pm

        they have to concentrate,
        Interesting reading
        conform place to concentrate
        read some times

        • Feb 1, 2015 5:02pm

          Great ideas Nicholas! I was also thinking about the movie connection. What about sharing with them the idea of script writing/reading and connecting to movies they really enjoy? Might be a nice way to engage their interest in both reading and writing.

          • Feb 14, 2015 11:32am

            -Start with ON MY HONOR by Marion Dane Bauer
            -Have students write a Cornell-style note for each page.
            -They can also draw a non-linguistic representation for extra credit.
            -Although the reading level is lower, the plot holds their attention & great discussions can follow [study guides available on-line]
            -Tell students they are allowed to read ahead, but they can not spoil plot twists for others [they can talk to you individually & quietly before/after class]
            -Parents often are amazed that their children are actually reading of their own accord
            -If budget allows, get perma-bound versions instead of paperbacks - give each student a sheet protector to keep novel in
            -Gary Paulsen also has some engaging novels, such as THE HATCHET

            • Feb 14, 2015 4:45pm

              What I find works best with young men is highly engaging pre-reading activities that pique their interest so they want to find out what is going on. Gross words, vivid details (that don't give the story away), visuals, etc. Also, I have found that many tend to be passive readers, so while they may be reading, even fluently, they are not comprehending so they are not getting enjoyment out of what they read. Modeling and teaching them strategies to make meaning, while they take time and practice, go a long way.