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‘Boys'’ Stories
‘Boys'’ stories

The focus of this chapter centres on boys and writing, a ‘hot topic’ that has been of intense discussion and debate in educational arenas for many years. It is well documented through inspection reports (OFSTED, 2003; 2009), research findings (Holden, 2002; Francis, 2006) and media coverage (Shepherd, 2009) that standards in boys' writing are a cause for concern for many schools at a local, national and international level. This chapter is specifically designed to offer teachers a range of Ideas, practical strategies and approaches to challenge the assumption of boys' healthy idleness (Cohen, 1988) towards literacy, and effectively engage them in stimulating story writing with the intent of raising motivational levels and attainment.

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