Motivating Students' Independent Reading
A number of publications outline strategies for moti-
vating readers to increase the amount of independent reading they do (Center for
the Study of Reading, 1989; Manning & Manning, 1984; Manley & Simon, 1980;
Morrow, 1985; Morrow & Weinstein, 1986; Reed, 1977; Rosler, 1979; Spiegel, 1981).
Ways to Motivate Independent Reading
- Scheduling special school events that focus on reading, such as "reading campaigns,"
"reading awareness week," and "reading celebrations."
- Becoming involved in community and library programs sponsored by federal and state
governments, such as Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).
- Distributing reading certificates at awards day ceremonies.
- Ensuring that students have ready access to books through school libraries and class
libraries, and by sending books home.
- To ensure access to books, teachers may need to do the following: work with public and
school librarians to rotate books into a classroom library; enlist the support of PTA and
PTO groups as well as local businesses and corporations so that books can be purchased for school use.
- Scheduling time for sustained periods of silent reading.
- Providing in-school time during which students can choose to read by reducing the amount
of time devoted to activities that do not promote reading growth, such as completing worksheets.
- Reading aloud to students. Reading an entire book to students allows them to experience
how positive reading can be. Reading part of a book may motivate students to complete the
reading of that book.
- Introducing and displaying interesting, engaging texts.
- Getting students "hooked" on favorite authors, topics, or genres (e.g., mysteries, fables,
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