Contributing factors that cause many Hispanic males to struggle with reading and the best practices found to assist these learners

Hispanic males are the students who are most likely to struggle with reading, have increasingly lower scores on state tests, and have the highest dropout rates in California. This study interviews five Hispanic males whose class placement Gates Macginitie scores show that they struggle with reading. From the individual and the focus group interviews three areas of struggle emerged: Boring or uninteresting nonstudent selected material, material that is too long to read, and material that is too difficult to read due to difficult vocabulary. Suggestions for making reading more palatable for Hispanic males are: to allow students to choose their reading selections, use humor in the classroom, defining key vocabulary, and working in cooperative learning groups. Keywords: Hispanic Males, High School English, Literacy Attainment, Reading, Best Practices