Thursday, March 1, 2012

Summer Reading Program

Question: How organize an appealing and effective summer reading program that would hold students’ interest?

Answer/Quote: “Using accurate, interesting, and relevant reading material can provide an ideal vehicle for engaging students. For example, when studying the early 20th century, a teacher could use novels on World War I, the influenza pandemic in 1918, the Harlem Renaissance, prohibition, or women’s rights, rather than one book assigned to the entire class. In this case, not only would students be able to pick something that matched their interests, they would be exposed to a greater variety of material as their classmates discussed their books.” P. 426.

Comment: More and more, choice appears to be significant in involving students in reading materials. RayS.

Title: “Assessing High School Students’ Reading Motivation in a Voluntary Summer Reading Program.” JM McGaha and LB Igo. Journal of Adolescent and Adult Literacy (February 2012), 417-427.

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