Reading promotion gives you the chance to raise the profile of books and reading in your school, while at the same time sharing your passion for high-interest titles, favourite authors, and the joy of living a bookish life.
What prompts a teen to choose reading over a different activity during her leisure time? Several factors would contribute, surely. Reading will hold little appeal if a student has trouble decoding or has problems with comprehension.
But what if a student is a fluent decoder and generally understands texts that she tackles? What if she just doesn’t often choose to read? What might be done to motivate her, both at school and at home?
Reading for your own enjoyment takes practice. I know it sounds a little crazy– but folks practice their hobbies all the time and why should recreational reading be any different? It can be hard today to turn off distractions and just read. So here is a practical guide; follow it and you will soon find yourself enjoying reading.
"Maybe you’re a relative, maybe you’re a friend, but no matter what, it is so awesome that you want to buy books for teens this holiday season. If you don’t mind, can I give you a few tips about how to buy books that these teens that you so clearly care about will actually read and enjoy? It won’t take long, I promise. I know you’re busy."
Martin Jeeps, head of English at The Fulham Boys School, has led a move to reduce the number of books in his school library. Here he explains why.
Heather Stapleton's insight:
As Martin explains, "Now, obviously, this strategy suits the fact that, at present, we only have Year 7 boys". Having a separate section for series may be the answer for a school with a number of year levels.
"I read a lot about reluctant readers and how to get boys to read. This is definitely an issue I see in my classroom. However, I have also encountered the opposite problem -- the boys that burn through books...
This is my go-to list of long books for voracious readers who happen to be boys…"
"‘Excuse me, where are the boys’ books? I’m looking to buy for a 16-year-old.’
I overheard this question while browsing in a bookshop recently. I felt insta-rage, and wanted to explode into a rant about gender-specific books and how there’s no such thing as “girl” books and “boy” books because books don’t have sex organs, for cryin’ out loud! But I reined in my uproar, and seeing as I was browsing in the same section, I offered to help this woman who was looking to buy a young adult book for her grandson."
Heather Stapleton's insight:
Great tips from Danielle Binks on shopping for a book to give to a teenager.
It is a common misconception that male students don’t like reading. Gareth Summers, head of English at Rushcliffe School in Nottinghamshire, explains how comics can be a great way to encourage engagement with literature
"I think what most of these opening lines have in common is that they spark curiosity. Of course, there is a difference between making a reader being curious, and making a reader having no idea what is going on. If you readers don’t understand a thing, it won’t make them curious—it will just send them away confused. They won’t want to know more simply because of a lack of information, they will want to know more because the information you have given them has peaked their interested while expressing that there is still more to be seen. The reader should be enticed to find out more about the character and the situation, and should be asking, 'what will happen next?'"
"Middle school students are known for being picky. Along with being picky, this age group very rarely wants to read 'assigned books'. Here are the Top 10 ways to get your middle school students to read"
"The Let Books Be Books campaign has attracted much media coverage and high profile support, but labelling books ‘for boys’ is sometimes defended as a useful tool for getting boys to read. Tricia Lowther argues that gendering reading doesn’t help literacy, and may even be harming boys’ chances."
"He wants to get away from the 'bum' and 'poo' books he's sold millions of, but Andy Griffiths' army of young fans can rest assured his imagination-stretching tales will always go to the limits of good taste, writes Lisa Clausen."
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