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Hooking Reluctant Readers
Why Would a Reluctant Reader Want to Read
by Blake Nelson?
Hooking the Reluctant Reader.pptx
Online Resources and Research
Considering a Vygotskian Instructional Model
A Theory of Teaching
by Jeff Wilhelm, Jule Dube, Tonya Baker
This selection from
draws a connection between theoretical and instructional models, articulating the belief that teaching and learning are two-sided, requiring effort toward the process from both teacher and student.
Creating Zones of Possibility for Struggling Readers: A Study of One Fourth Grader's Shifting Roles in Literature Discussions
by Karla Moller
Moller contends that the assumptions we make about readers and reading influence our abilities to respond to struggling readers in ways that best meet their needs. This study documents her work with Ashley, a struggling fourth grade reader who positioned herself within collaborative discussion groups as one who was able to both receive and provide meaningful support from her peers.
Tools of the Mind
by Elena Bodrova and Deborah Leong
A case study of Vygotskian approaches in early childhood programs within the United States.
Engaging Reluctant Readers
Starting the Fire: Motivating Readers
by Jeff Wilhelm
This excerpt from
Action Strategies for Deepening Comprehension
emphasizes the use of enactment to engage readers and help them build meaning.
Preview the book here.
Sarah Kajder Brings the Outside In to Engage Reluctant Readers
Review by Susan Graham
Sarah Kajder suggests digital storytelling and the use of other visual tools to motivate reluctant readers. In the first chapter of her book, she asks us to consider this question:
What Does Reading Look Like, Anyway?
A Reluctant Reader Interprets Romeo and Juliet:
How Can We Use YouTube to Engage Readers?
Tribute to Edward and Bella:
Consider this blog post by Kierra Parrott:
The Reluctant Reader's Bill of Rights
. Other blog posts about reluctant readers can be found on
Linda Starr links to a variety of interesting strategies for engaging reluctant readers
in this Education World article
The Stenhouse Blog
offers recommendations for working with reluctant readers, book suggestions, and a podcast featuring Kimberly Hill Campbell, the author of
Less is More
. Her piece focuses on the power of short text.
Finding Books for Reluctant Readers
Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers
from the Young Adult Library Services Association
provides a massive searchable database for gifted and reluctant readers.
Books tagged "reluctant readers" on
High interest/low reading level book publishers are recommended here
A variety of resources for reluctant readers are available too.
see my wikispace devoted to reader's workshop
to discover how to learn more about book swaps, book hunts, web 2.0 tools that engage kids in reading, and how to build a classroom library without breaking your budget!
Leveraging Web 2.0 Tools
Jennifer Carrier Dorman
shares a bounty of incredible newbie-friendly resources for you to begin exploring on your own on her
Be certain to scroll through the sidebar to discover what she shares about
Books to Film: Consider Using the Trailers
Please preview to determine appropriateness for your students. Some of these books/films contain mature content.
Compile your own list by
researching books that have been made into film
and searching for video clips on
Is YouTube blocked in your school?
Learn how to deal with that here.
**Chronicles of Narnia**
**City of Ember**
**Kit Kittredge: American Girl**
**Lord of the Rings**
**Marley and Me**
**Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist**
**The Golden Compass**
**The Secret Life of Bees**
**The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants**
**The Spiderwick Chronicles**
**The Time Traveler's Wife**
**When Did You Last See Your Father?**
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