Reluctant Reader Presentation, PSLA 2013

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Reluctant Reader Presentation, PSLA 2013

  1. 1. Reluctant ReadersErin Faulkner, MLISElyssa Hevner, M. Ed.
  2. 2. Welcome!Erin Faulkner Elyssa HevnerLibrarian Reading Teacher
  3. 3. Reluctant Readers:1. Read on grade level2.Comprehend on grade level3. Display low motivation to readindependently - "indifference"Reluctant vs. StrugglingStruggling Readers:1. Read below grade level2. Comprehend below gradelevel3. Hesitant about readingindependently - "fear offailure"
  4. 4. Educational research . . .• Reluctant readers require “special literacyattention.”• Reluctant readers require “alternativeteaching practices” and philosophies.• Reluctant readers require “specificmaterials” in classroom and libraries formotivation.• Reluctant readers lack confidence.• Fear of failure is a roadblock for reluctantreaders.
  5. 5. If the student is a struggling reader . . .1.Offer high interest books2.Engage the support of areading specialist orreading teacher to helpguide the process.
  6. 6. Independent Reading ProgramFlexibility is key!We are not advocating any extrinsic readingreward programs, such as AR or SRCUse something personal and meaningful toyour student population
  7. 7. Dont compromiseQuality for Quantityhttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Quality_not_quantity.png
  8. 8. Or - The story of Cody . . .Reluctant Readershttp://www.flickr.com/photos/cassandrajowett/3031437851/
  9. 9. Book Blurb Testhttp://www.flickr.com/photos/cassandrajowett/3118170756/
  10. 10. But remember, Cody is reluctant . . .http://www.flickr.com/photos/rcsemk/7911072370/
  11. 11. Cody doesnt know it, but . . .We actually set him up for successlong before he entered the library.http://www.flickr.com/photos/74571262@N08/6710953053/
  12. 12. Bookmatchhttp://www.readwritethink.org/classroom-resources/lesson-plans/bookmatch-scaffoldingindependent-book-1172.html
  13. 13. Keep in mind . . .Cody needs to experience successat a personal pacehttp://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Military_cyclists_in_pace_line.jpg
  14. 14. Evaluate the goals of the program:Better comprehension?Love of reading?Taking risks when choosing books?Experiencing success?
  15. 15. Fit the program to Codys needs:1. Allow non-fiction and graphic novels2. Allow slower readers to read longer books(this will equal “less” books overall)3. Make sure requirements are tailored to thestudents needs, not to the teacher’s needs.
  16. 16. Relationships matter!1. Work closely with your reading departmentand reading teachers to make theseprograms possible.2. Be willing to go higher to present your case.
  17. 17. 3314647105849701683222921Book Adventure1880-19001901-19101911-19201921-19301931-19401941-19501951-19601961-19701971-19801981-19901991-20002001-20102010 +300 49115181135302771229027Total Fiction1880-19001901-19101911-19201921-19301931-19401941-19501951-19601961-19701971-19801981-19901991-20002001-20102010 +
  18. 18. 0501001502002503003501996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011Book Adventure Total Fiction
  19. 19. Cody needs a book.http://www.flickr.com/photos/colinkinner/2200500024/
  20. 20. Drive-by technique1. Offer several choices in an area of interest.http://www.flickr.com/photos/andreinafrica/8577314632/
  21. 21. 2. Encourage him to read the blurbs, then . . .Walk away!Drive-by techniquehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/stuartherbert/4891376302/
  22. 22. Cody is still struggling . . .http://s.ipernity.com/T/L/z.gif
  23. 23. Collection Development!Does your library support Cody?Do you know which areas are popular forsimilar readers?Do you have materials he will be willing to try?
  24. 24. Analyze your collection . . .Circulation reports identify popular topics . . .0.00 1.00 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00Book Adventure bookRegular Fiction bookBluford bookHi/Lo bookSports bookAverage Circulation
  25. 25. Analyze your collection . . .Popular genres (in our experience)1. Post-apocolyptic fiction2. Realistic fiction3. Graphic novels4. Adventure, fast-pacedJon Scieszka calls these "explosion books"
  26. 26. Analzye your collection . . .Popular Authors• Lee J. Ames• Paolo Bacigalupi• Heather Brewer• Sigmund Brouwer• Patrick Carman• Suzanne Collins• James Dashner• Cynthia C. DeFelice• Chris DLacey• Alex Flinn• Margaret PetersonHaddix• Bethany Hamilton• April Henry• Charlie Higson• Peg Kehret• Kazu Kibuishi• Jeff Kinney• Gordon Korman• Diana López• Marie Lu• Mike Lupica• Chris Lynch• Stephenie Meyer• Han Nolan• Christopher Paolini• James Patterson• Gary Paulsen• Rick Riordan• Nicholas Sparks
  27. 27. Reports are your friend!Follett Titlewise Analysis
  28. 28. Add to the collection . . .Hi-lo books from vendors:OrcaCapstone PressScholastic Resource CatalogSaddlebackTownsend Press (free books)
  29. 29. Reluctant Reader Club - Grant1. Grant money - $750 dollarso Orca Bookso Conspiracy 365o Townsend Press2. Reading teachers identified potential students3. Implemented via online platform (Moodle) tocreate discussion groups, polls and projects
  30. 30. Awesome Book Club+=Awesome Book Club
  31. 31. Reluctant Reader Club1. "Create Privilege" - students were part of aspecial group2. "Create Demand" - restricted materials tostudents only in that group.3. "Create Community" - students were able toengage, discuss, recommend, review
  32. 32. Add to the collection . . .If you have limited fundsbe honest about what you need.http://www.flickr.com/photos/mhcseattle/2363517834/
  33. 33. WeedingWeed your library every year!http://www.flickr.com/photos/iwona_kellie/4788733540/
  34. 34. Create areas . .
  35. 35. Create displays . . .
  36. 36. Cody finally found a book!http://www.flickr.com/photos/torley/8476803105/
  37. 37. Cody finished his book!What’s next? Create routine of independence,create future success.http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3AIndependence_Town_Sign.jpg
  38. 38. What if Cody didnt finish that book?http://www.flickr.com/photos/smemon/6062580946/
  39. 39. The Path to SuccessEventually, Cody will find his own path.http://www.flickr.com/photos/clairable_view/8357392283/
  40. 40. Cody is a success story!Cody went from refusing to readto reading novels independently.http://www.flickr.com/photos/addyeddy/4322766974/
  41. 41. Other resources . . .http://www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists/quickpickshttp://www.guysread.com/http://orcabook.com/reluctantreaders/http://www.townsendpress.com/specials/
  42. 42. Selected BibliographyGallagher, Kelly, and Richard L. Allington. Readicide: HowSchools Are Killing Reading and What You Can Do AboutIt. Portland, Me: Stenhouse Publishers, 2009. PrintGear, Adrienne. Nonfiction Reading Power. Portland:Stenhouse Pulishers, 2008.Senn, Nicole. "Effective Approaches to Motivate andEngage Reluctant Boys in Literacy." The ReadingTeacher 66.3 (2012): 211-220.

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