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Engaging Adolescents in Reading

Engaging Adolescents in Reading

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February 2008 | 208 pages | Corwin
Teachers in secondary schools regularly face students who are unmotivated to engage in essential classroom reading assignments. Beginning with an examination of the reasons students avoid such reading assignments, this resource aims to arm teachers with solutions. Written by teachers, in collaboration with renowned researcher John Guthrie, Engaging Adolescents in Reading depicts five vital classroom practices for engaging adolescents in reading. Each practice is linked to a key motivational quality such as interest, ownership, confidence, collaboration, and the desire to understand texts fully. These motivational strategies can be initiated immediately in any subject matter that involves books and texts, and can become the foundation of a renewed structure for teaching in a school.
About the Editor
About the Contributors
John T. Guthrie
1. Reading Motivation and Engagement in Middle and High School: Appraisal and Intervention
Dilemmas of Students’ Motivation and Engagement in School Reading

Challenge: Teacher Support for Motivation and Engagement

Meaning Is Motivating: Classroom Goal Structures

Control and Choice: Supporting Self-Directed Reading

Reading Is Social: Bringing Peer Interaction to the Text

Self-Efficacy: Building Confident Readers

Interest in Reading: Potency of Relevance

Struggling Readers: Boosting Motivation in Low Achievers

Merging Engagement Support Into Structured Classroom Management

Next Steps: Transforming Classrooms and Schools

Jessica E. Douglas, John T. Guthrie
2. Meaning Is Motivating: Classroom Goal Structures
Providing Mastery Goals

Making Tasks Relevant

Using Hands-On Activities

Mastery vs. Performance Motivation: Theory and Research

Transforming Text to Meaning

Scaffolding Mastery Motivation

Providing Reteach Opportunities

Rewarding Effort Over Performance

Sarah Fillman, John T. Guthrie
3. Control and Choice: Supporting Self-Directed Reading
Providing Control and Choice in Instruction

Overview of Instructional Practices

Ownership of Text

Options for How to Learn From Text

Input Into Curriculum

Student Self-Direction and Shared Control: Theory and Research

Self-Selection of Knowledge Displays

Voice in Standards for Evaluating

Inquiry Projects

Scaffolding Control and Choice for Diverse Students

Order in the Classroom!

Roles for Administrators

Dee Antonio, John T. Guthrie
4. Reading Is Social: Bringing Peer Interaction to the Text
Open Discussions

Student-Led Discussions

Collaborative Reasoning

Why Social Interaction? Research and Theory

Arranging Partnerships

Socially Constructing Class Management

Scaffolding Social Motivation Over Time

Shana Yudowitch, Lucas M. Henry, John T. Guthrie
5. Self-Efficacy: Building Confident Readers
Recognizing the Gap

Matching Text to Students

How Self-Efficacy Develops in a Classroom: Theory and Research

Establishing Initial Confidence

Setting Realistic Goals

Assuring Enabling Skills

Robert L. Gibb, John T. Guthrie
6. Interest in Reading: Potency of Relevance
Rationale for Relevance

Real-World Connection

Personalizing With Questioning

Extending Intrinsic Interests

How Relevance Works: Theory and Evidence



John T. Guthrie
7. Growing Motivation: How Students Develop
Context Counts

Situated Motivation Is Significant

Motives Move From Outside to Inside

Internal Motivation Drives Achievement

General Motivation Is Stable

Global Internal Motivation Declines Across Time

Cause and Effect?

Sandra Jacobs Ivey, John T. Guthrie
8. Struggling Readers: Boosting Motivation in Low Achievers
Our Challenges

Varieties of Unmotivated Readers

Externally Motivated Low Achievers

Approaches to Motivation for Moderately Struggling Readers

Low Achievers Who Resist Reading

Approaches to Motivation for Resistant Students

A Learning Curriculum for Struggling Readers

Resistant Students Who Struggle to Recognize Words

Instructional Approaches for Resistant Students With Word Reading Deficits

John T. Guthrie
9. Next Steps for Teachers
Identifying One Motivation to Address

Selecting Several Instructional Practices to Initiate Motivation

Planning Short-Term Change

Planning Long-Term Change

Phasing in Support for All Motivations and Implementing All Practices

Tools for Teachers


“A must-read for all middle and high school teachers interested in motivating and engaging students to enhance their reading development and help them enjoy it at the same time.”

Lesley M. Morrow, Professor of Literacy
Rutgers University

"Finally, a book that targets reading motivation and engagement during the critical years of middle and high school. This rich compendium of information offers a solid plan of action for teachers who want to ensure that their students are highly motivated literacy learners."

Linda B. Gambrell, Distinguished Professor of Education
Clemson University

"Meticulously synthesizes research to give credibility to teaching practices that enlist, challenge, and instill confidence and self-efficacy in unmotivated and disenfranchised adolescents. An important addition to the professional library of educators who want to complement the current emphasis on strategies instruction and achievement with an intelligent overview of how motivation and engagement undergird student success, competence, desire to read, and enjoyment of learning."

David G. O'Brien, Professor of Literacy Education
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

"Practical instructional ideas that promote motivation are presented by teachers themselves, preserving the unmistakably authentic ring of actual classroom discourse. Each chapter, however, is written in collaboration with Guthrie, an outstanding researcher in this area who extends and contextualizes the models with reference to more than 200 studies, confirming the validity of each approach."

CHOICE Magazine, June 2008, Vol. 45(10)
American Library Association

"From tapping into adolescent social natures through group activities to building proficiency in those with reading problems, this book is an outstanding set of tips for overcoming reluctance in readers."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

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