A-28 Reaching & Teaching Reluctant Readers in the Urban Classroom

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This is the most updated version of the presentation at the National Conference on Differentiated Instruction on July 12, 2011 in Las Vegas, NV.

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A-28 Reaching & Teaching Reluctant Readers in the Urban Classroom

  1. 1. Reaching & Teaching Reluctant Readers in the Urban Classroom<br />Katie McKnight, Ph.D.<br />Katie@KatherineMcKnight.com<br />www.KatherineMcKnight.com<br />Twitter: @LiteracyWorld<br />Facebook: Katie McKnight Literacy<br />
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  3. 3. What do we know about our students’ reading?<br />3<br />
  4. 4. What do we know about readers?<br />Grigg, W.S., Daane, M.C., Jin, Y., & Campbell, J.R. (2003). The nation’s report card: Reading 2002. Jessup, MD: Education Publications Center.<br />4<br />
  5. 5. Students Most At Risk<br />Grigg, W.S., Daane, M.C., Jin, Y., & Campbell, J.R. (2003). The nation’s report card: Reading 2002. <br /> Jessup, MD: Education Publications Center.<br />5<br />
  6. 6. Components of Reading<br />6<br />
  7. 7. The difference between struggling and reluctant readers<br />Motivating our students to actually read<br />Creating choice and gathering engaging resources.<br />7<br />
  8. 8. Let’s Look at Strategies<br />Differentiated Instruction in Reading<br />Getting Books in the Hands of Kids<br />Multimodal Learning <br />8<br />
  9. 9. Differentiation Strategies for Struggling Readers<br />Provide readers who struggle to decode with opportunities to hear the text read aloud (tape assist)<br />Give readers for whom word recognition is a problem supplemental materials that include visual clues to word meaning (or use manipulatives in math)<br />9<br />
  10. 10. Allot additional time for readers who struggle to complete assignments<br />Encourage struggling readers to use the internet because often the symbols and icons that are quite bothersome to good readers provide a means for struggling readers to construct meaning<br />Differentiation Strategies for Struggling Readers<br />
  11. 11. Reading and Recreational Reading<br />“Reading ability is positively correlated with the extent to which students read recreationally.” -National Center for Education Statistics.<br />11<br />
  12. 12. Activity<br />Have you now or have you ever been a reluctant reader?<br />What is your reading autobiography?<br />Please turn to 3-4 of your colleagues and discuss<br />12<br />
  13. 13. Why don’t kids read?<br />By the time that kids reach middle school and high school, reluctant readers often:<br />Equate reading with failure<br />Connect reading to school-related tasks<br />13<br />
  14. 14. Some Strategies for reluctant READERS<br />
  15. 15. Before Reading ActivityThink Aloud<br />Using sticky notes, demonstrate how readers use the “voice in his head” to:<br />ask questions<br />comment on the reading<br />make predictions<br />make personal connections<br />15<br />
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  17. 17. Stop and Write<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />Why Literature Circles?<br />It’s a translation of the adult reading group.<br />Offers a genuine and authentic reading experience.<br />Literature Circles are also known as book clubs, and reading groups.<br />(See my website for more materials on Literature Circles)<br />
  19. 19. Get Books in the Hands of Kids!<br />Books that attract reluctant readers include:<br />A catchy cover<br />Print size is larger<br />19<br />
  20. 20. Get Books in the Hands of Kids!<br />Books that attract reluctant readers include:<br />Artwork is exciting and resembles the “real world”.<br />Writing is not composed of longer convoluted sentences: more straightforward.<br />20<br />
  21. 21. Get Books in the Hands of Kids!<br />Books that attract reluctant readers include:<br />Acceptable literary quality.<br />High Interest “hook” within the first 10-15 pages.<br />21<br />
  22. 22. Books that attract reluctant readers include:<br />Interesting characters<br />Not too many characters<br />22<br />
  23. 23. Books that attract reluctant readers include:<br />Plot sustains interest<br />Plot is developed through events and dialogue.<br />Limits lengthy narration.<br />Themes that are appealing to teenagers.<br />23<br />
  24. 24. Reluctant Readers Like Books that:<br />Present role models.<br />Demonstrate problem solving in action.<br />Allow to feel like winners/overcoming odds.<br />Display relationships of all sorts.<br />Capture intensity and uncertainty of their life.<br />Help develop of socially responsible behavior<br />24<br />
  25. 25. Reluctant Readers Like Books with…<br />Single Point of View<br />Graphic Novels <br />Comic Books<br />25<br />
  26. 26. Helping Reluctant Readers, Now<br />Library Card<br />Talking about books<br />Talking about books in the classroom and in the school building<br />Contests<br />Allowing for Student Choice<br />Keep current about books<br />26<br />
  27. 27. How to Reach Me<br />Email: Katie@KatherineMcKnight.com<br />Website: www.KatherineMcKnight.com<br />Twitter: @literacyworld<br />Facebook: Katie McKnight Literacy<br />For more materials and updated powerpoint, see my blog at www.KatherineMcKnight.com<br />27<br />

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