Inspiring MALE Middle School Readers...How do you do it? AND an ATHLETE CLOSE READING FREEBIE
I come from a very sports-centered family and have quickly realized my kiddos are obsessed with sports, too. Here are a few pics of my kiddos and my almost 85-year old, Gram, who just had the pleasure of meeting her favorite sport's icon, Geno Auriemma, the UConn Women's Basketball Coach, and one of her favorite former players, Jamelle Elliott, the University of Cincinnati Women's Basketball Coach...
|Lilah before her first soccer game ever!|
|Landon, future Team USA Luge Gold Medal Winner in the 2030 Winter Games|
|Brennan, my second grade football, basketball, baseball star, and all things sports enthusiast!|
|Gram and her bud, Geno!|
|Gram and her bud, Jamelle|
As a 6th grade teacher I find that the majority of my lowest readers are uninspired boys. They have made it to my classroom and developed a "love of NOT reading!" I get it! They have yet to find that text that has grabbed their sports-and-competition-minded attention. I am not saying there are not a gazillion resources out there to grab them, they have just not been guided to find them. A few authors that cater to the sports genre for middle grade readers are:
- Dan Gutman
- Matt Christopher
- Mike Lupica
What I have realized about my reluctant readers is that they need more strategies to help them with text navigation. No longer do I want them grabbing a book and not caring about completing it, instead I want to add some tools to help them want to read it. So after countless after school walks home getting skill drilled by my son about the NFL stars on his football cards, I was inspired.
After going through countless rounds of "Who's this?" with my son as he flashed football cards in my face, and doing
If you like this tool and want more for those student sport fanatics, click on the image below. Included are the Close Reading Strategies I utilize with my students, graphic organizers to further develop student understanding of informational text, and 8 more close reading passages with answer keys.