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Guides: Resources focusing on how to identify
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Articles: From Terry Brooks to Firoozeh
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In the following articles, you'll find resources
to help you identify and reach your reluctant readers.
Got More of These?” Re-engaging Adolescent Readers and Writers
with Meaningful Texts
by Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher
Use critical literacy and texts drawn from popular culture
to fight the progressive disengagement of reluctant readers.
Enriched Literacy Experiences for Older English Language Learners
by Dr. R. Cipriani-Sklar
To meet the diverse needs of an increasingly diverse student
population, literacy teachers must expand beyond traditional definitions
of how information is presented to ELLs.
the Classics: Time-Tested Titles for Even the Most Reluctant Readers
by Rebecca Shapiro
"Classics" provide a context that will help young
adults to understand other texts, to participate in a wider variety
of conversations, and to see beyond their own worlds.
Back Your Reluctant Readers
by Pat Scales
Creating “a nation of readers” calls for a flexible
outlook as well as personal attention to students’ choices.
Ways to Build a Reluctant Reader Library
by Monique Delatte and Deborah Anderson
A handy guide to building resources for reluctant readers.
Booktalking: Get Your Reluctant Readers
to Listen Up! (Download
by Terrence Young, Jr., M.Ed., M.L.S.
Booktalking may be the most successful way to show a young
adult that reading is fun, interesting, and valuable.
From Terry Brooks to Firoozeh Dumas, writers
speak out about their work and their experiences with young adult
Why in the World Do Kids Read This Stuff? (Download
by Terry Brooks
By changing the rules, well-written fantasy teaches reluctant
readers lessons about life and about the power of possibilities.
When Reading Ain’t Natural:
My Jim, A “Talking” Novel (Download
by Nancy Rawles
An ALEX Award-winning author demonstrates that using texts
which mimic the natural rhythms of speech can spark the interest
of struggling students.
“It Doesn’t Take a Miracle.
. .” (Download
by Brian Strause
We’re often told that girls are more interested in reading,
whereas boys are more interested in blowing things up. The reality
is not nearly as black-and-white as this, and the solution to
reaching reluctant readers—regardless of gender—is
not as complex as you would think.
Poetry Rocks: Inspire Your Students
with Dazzling Poetry Selected by
America’s Best-Loved Poet Laurete (Download
by Billy Collins
While poetry offers us the possibility of modulating our pace,
adolescence is commonly driven by the wish to accelerate. Simple,
clear, and unobscured poetry ultimately offers the best of both
A Spoonful of Humor Gets the Pages
by Firoozeh Dumas
When a book can make a reader laugh, says an Iranian-American
writer, being a reluctant reader may only be a temporary condition.
Ever wondered how to use the media in which
your students are most interested to teach literacy? We'll help
you get started.
Beats a Good Story: Using the Works of Louis L’Amour with
Reluctant Readers (Download
by James Blasingame
A teacher recounts how the use of western novels in his Boys
Town classroom produced readers whose successes surprised even
Graphic Novels: A New Art Form
by Chris Schluep
In some ways, the combining of art and prose is a natural
marriage. This is something that makes sense, and is of interest,
to young readers of today.
Graphic Novels: Books that Matter
by Dr. Rocco Versaci
Comics are a complicated format that can express ideas, create
characters, address issues, and tell stories in ways unmatched
by other forms, such as literature and film.
Reading Manga, or How I Learned to
Stop Worrying and Just Love Reading (Download
by Dallas Middaugh
Manga, an especially interesting subset of the general category
of graphic novels, has captured the imaginations of many teens
today—and with good reason.
Weave a Good Tale with Dungeons &
Dragons®: A brief overview of the game concept and history
(Download as PDF)
by Peter Bebergal
How games and role-playing actually encourages young players
to read without their realizing it.
What Thrasher Magazine Means to Me
by Ryan Henry
Skateboarding can turn reluctance into ambition, and “Skate
and Destroy” documents this drive.
Young Adult Audiobooks: The Audio
Answer for Reluctant Readers (Download
by Tim Ditlow
The educational benefits and advantages of audiobooks are
being discovered and discussed now more than ever before. New
resources outlined in this article offer new ways to help us take
advantage of this burgeoning format.
Audiobooks & Literacy: An Educator’s
Guide to Utilizing Audiobooks in the Classroom (Download
by Dr. Frank Serafini
With current legislation and high-stakes testing, there is
a push for even greater amounts of standardized achievement testing.
Effective tools for helping children learn to read are critical
to success, and one important tool is audiobooks.
The Reluctant Reader, Gaming Environments,
and the Future of Teaching and Learning (Download
by Kate Wittenberg
With rich role-playing environments capable of fascinating
so many users, games can be a powerful medium for learning, and
a valuable tool for building skills necessary for academic study
and for today’s workplace.
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