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  • 1. Mini Inquiry Research Project:Motivating Students to Read By Lynn Stephenson
  • 2. School Reading HomeworkRead for 30 minutes each night.Earn a certain number of Accelerated Readerpoints.Read 25 books during the school year, but youhave to read a few books from each genre.
  • 3. “A student will not master a skillwithout a significant amount ofpractice” (Hill and Flynn, 2006).
  • 4. Problem: Children willnot do their independentreading assignments.
  • 5. Frustrated parents andchildren.
  • 6. Question: What motivatespeople to read, and whatcan I do to help motivatethese children to read forschool without parentpressure?
  • 7. SurveyHow many books have you read this past year?Why do you read?What kinds of books do you like to read?What do you read other than books?What motivates you to want to read?What motivates you to not want to read?How do you/did you feel when a teacher or other person tellsyou that you have to read?Tell me about a person who inspired you to read. What did theydo?What advise would you give a teacher who is trying to motivateher students to read?
  • 8. Results66% read 15 or more books this past year.25% read for school assignments and 58% read forpleasure.66% read magazines and newspapers.The love of reading and entertainment were the mostcommon reasons for a person to read.Being busy was the most common reason for a personnot to read.
  • 9. Do people like to berequired to read byteachers? 83% said that being required to read makes them to not want to read.
  • 10. Who inspired you to read? Teachers Mothers
  • 11. What am I going todo to helpmotivate my sonmy and students toread?
  • 12. Student Choice
  • 13. Read
  • 14. What Other TeachersShould Consider: Provide students with independent reading time. Help students develop intrinsic motivation. Match students with appropriate reading material. Provide students with real-world experiences and personal connections. Encourage collaboration and discussion among students. Reed (2000)
  • 15. Works CitedHill, Jane and Kathleen Flynn. (2006). Classroom Instruction thatWorks with English language Learners. Alexandria, VA: Associationfor Supervision & Curriculum Development.Reed, Deborah. Motivating Students to Read Issues and Practices.SEDL Letter Volume XVll, Number 1, June 2005, Reaching OurReading Goals.