Motivating reluctant readers

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Action research on reluctant readers with recommendations.

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  • 1. Motivating Reluctant Readers By Sara Paulson-Yarovoy,Evelyn Begley and Joan Moret with Coach Max Greenwood Rebecca Marshall, Principal

2. Our Goal: Make em all Readers!

  • To share great books with each other and talk about books school-wide using many channels of communication
  • in order to motivate reading amongreluctant readers(a category which includes most struggling readers)
  • so reading becomes a social activity and appeals to those whom we traditionally view as nonreaders.

3. Our Method

  • We used assessments and anecdotes to focus on individual struggling readers (10) as case studies
  • We devised and piloted strategies that can be used with any reader school wide to motivate reading.
  • Focused on internal motivation.
  • Focused on motivating kids to read, not on teaching kids how to read.
  • In a nutshell: know the books, know the readers, and make the match.
  • Get the kids reading book after book after book after bookchain reading.no lapses looking for a book they want to read.

4. Knowing the kids,knowing the books

  • Focused on one grade level4th
  • Scheduled common prep with 4 thgrade teachers
  • One hour weekly after school
  • Lots of reading
  • Lots of getting to know students through discussions and assessments

5. Our Five Recommendations

  • 1. Establish accountable waysall readerscan share great books
  • 2. Introduceall readersto different authors and different genres.
  • 3. Work collaboratively with librarian to givereluctant readersandstruggling readersindividual support in choosing books.
  • 4. Give challenging reading responsibilities tostruggling readersto increase their confidence and motivation.
  • 5. Identify use of other media to assiststruggling readers .

6. 1. T & L establishes waysall readerscan share their favorite books

  • School survey: Books kids love

7.

  • Favorite Books binder

8.

  • Favorite Books display

9. Books Kids Love blog http://www.lovethatbook.blogspot.com 10. Fourth Grade Rats by Jerry Spinelli 11. Top 10 Books published each June both online and as a summer bookmarkhttp://favoritebooks.wikispaces.com 12. 13. 1. T & L establishes waysall readerscan share their favorite books

  • School survey: Books kids love
  • Favorite Books binder
  • Favorite Books display
  • Books Kids Love blog ( www.lovethatbook.blogspot.com
  • Top 10 Books published each June both online and as a summer bookmark
  • Book clubs that feature series books

14. 2. T & L introduceall readersto different authors and different genres.

  • Author visits (L)
  • Encourage writing email and letters to authors (T)

15. Nick Bruel our first visiting author! 16. Kapow!! George OConnor 17.

  • Whole group book talks (L)
  • Read alouds linked to other books (T, L)
  • Conferencing in the classroom library (T)
  • Organizing the classroom library with genre and author bins (T)

18. 2. T & L introduceall readersto different authors and different genres.

  • Author visits (L)
  • Encourage writing email and letters to authors (T)
  • Whole group book talks (L)
  • Read alouds (T, L)
  • Conferencing in the classroom library (T)
  • Organizing the classroom library with genre and author bins (T)

19. 3. T & L work collaboratively to givereluctant readersandstruggling readersindividual support in choosing books.

  • One-on-one book talks during open access time in collaboration with teacher (L)

20.

  • Talking books for CODAs who want books on their interest level

21. Bridge book sections in the library as well as in classroom libraries 22. 3. T & L work collaboratively to givereluctant readersandstruggling readersindividual support in choosing books.

  • One-on-one book talks during open access time in collaboration with teacher (L)
  • Talking books for CODAs who want books on their interest level (L)
  • Bridge book sections in the library as well as in classroom libraries (T, L)
  • Conferences about book selection (T)
  • Ongoing practice using five-finger test (T, L)

23. 4. T give challenging reading responsibilities tostruggling readersto increase their confidence and motivation.

  • Reading buddies
  • Group struggling readers in two guided reading groups: one on their level and one that is just beyond their level.

24. 5. L identifies use of other media to assiststruggling readers .

  • Talking books paired with text: oral language and int/adv phonemic awareness
  • Educational videos (Movie Club): background knowledge needed for reading comprehension
  • ASL-signed books paired with text: Dual language skills
  • Computer and online software: To be explored next year (Headsprouts?)

25. Our Five Recommendations

  • 1. Establish accountable waysall readerscan share great books.
  • 2. Introduceall readersto different authors and different genres.
  • 3. Work collaboratively with librarian to givereluctant readersandstruggling readersindividual support in choosing books.
  • 4. Give challenging reading responsibilities tostruggling readersto increase their confidence and motivation.
  • 5. Identify use of other media to assiststruggling readers .

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