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ERIC Number: EJ809639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 7
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 6
ISSN: ISSN-0094-0771
A Book Club Sheds Light on Boys and Reading
Weih, Timothy G.
Middle School Journal (J3), v40 n1 p19-25 Sep 2008
This article is about a book club for middle school boys. The idea of a book club for boys came from the author's concern about what he had been hearing and reading about boys falling behind in their reading abilities. The purpose of establishing the club was to discover from the boys themselves what could be done to support them in their reading. The lessons learned from running this club may be of interest to anyone who has a stake in boys' reading. The primary question the author asked of this experience was: What can everyone learn about boys and reading from a book club for middle school boys? Secondary questions were: (1) What do boys like to read?; (2) What do they like about the literature they choose to read?; (3) What purpose does reading serve for boys?; (4) What do they talk about during book club meetings?; and (5) What recommendations do they have for a successful book club for middle school boys? Based on the information emerging before, during, and after the book club, those who care about boys' reading should consider the following components when developing, planning, and facilitating a book club for middle school boys: location, content, the book, and the facilitator. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A