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Motivating Reluctant Readers


It is important to maintain awareness of best practices towards maintaining reluctant readers.  The following articles approach this topic from two different directions.

 

Overcoming the Obstacle Course: Teenage Boys and Reading

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This article’s focus on gender issues with regard to reading motivation brings up the importance of connecting reader to text.  Through the lens of gender differences, several important concepts are explored including self-image as a reader, text selection, format preferences.  While the article focuses on teen boys, it presents an approach to addressing any community of reluctant readers.

Jones, P. (2003). Overcoming the Obstacle Course: Teenage Boys and Reading. Teacher Librarian30(3), 9. (Permalink): http://search.ebscohost.com.une.idm.oclc.org/login.aspx?direct=true&db=f5h&AN=9066976&site=ehost-live&scope=site

Combating the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy: Exploring Literacy in the Secondary Classroom

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This article points to the importance of content area reading in the struggle to improve student literacy overall.  It focuses on fluency, use of technology and on reading/writing connections.  The importance of distinguishing strategies that work for secondary students from those targeted at elementary students is emphasized.

Wendt, J. L. (2013). Combating the Crisis in Adolescent Literacy: Exploring Literacy in the Secondary Classroom. American Secondary Education41(2), 38-48.
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