Motivating Students to Read

From the article, “Seven Rules of Engagement” by Linda B. Gambrell in November 2011’s issue of Reading Teacher:

1.  Students are more motivated to read when the reading tasks and activities are relevant to their lives.

2.  Students are more motivated to read when they have access to a wide range of reading materials.

3.  Students are more motivated to read when they have ample opportunities to engage in sustained reading.

4.  Students are more motivated to read when they have opportunities to make choices abourt what they read and how they engage in and complete literary tasks.

5.  Students are more motivated to read when they have opportunities to socially interact with others about the text they are reading.

6. Students are more motivated to read when they have opportunities to be successful with challenging texts.

7.  Students are more motivated to read when classroom incentives reflect the value and importance of reading.

   These seven rules certainly make sense, and the CRC is here to help you motivate YOUR students to read.  We provide, at no cost to you, thousands of relevant, new titles to share with your students.  We also encourage you to read children’s and young adult titles for your own enjoyment. 

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