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Home > RHI > Reaching Reluctant Readers

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You can browse the magazine's contents online below:

  • Teacher's Guides: Resources focusing on how to identify and reach your reluctant readers.

  • Author Articles: From Terry Brooks to Firoozeh Dumas, writers speak out about their work and young adult readers.

  • Genre/Media Articles: Ever wondered how to use the media in which your students are most interested to teach literacy? We'll help you get started.

  • Reply to RHI: Talk back! Email us about your experiences and we'll share them with teachers who might benefit from your know-how.

Teacher's Guides

In the following articles, you'll find resources to help you identify and reach your reluctant readers.

Nancy Frey and Douglas Fisher“You 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.

Generating 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.

Consider 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.

Winning 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.

Ten 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 as PDF)
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.

Author Articles

From Terry Brooks to Firoozeh Dumas, writers speak out about their work and their experiences with young adult readers.

Firoozeh DumasFantasy: Why in the World Do Kids Read This Stuff?
(Download as PDF)
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 as PDF)
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 as PDF)
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 as PDF)
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 worlds.

A Spoonful of Humor Gets the Pages Turning (Download as PDF)
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.

Genre/Media Articles

Ever wondered how to use the media in which your students are most interested to teach literacy? We'll help you get started.

CowboyNothing Beats a Good Story: Using the Works of Louis L’Amour with Reluctant Readers (Download as PDF)
by James Blasingame
A teacher recounts how the use of western novels in his Boys Town classroom produced readers whose successes surprised even themselves.

Graphic Novels: A New Art Form (Download as PDF)
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 (Download as PDF)
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 as PDF)
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 (Download as PDF)
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 as PDF)
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 as PDF)
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 as PDF)
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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