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Maximising Motivation for Literacy Learning

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This indispensable book presents a wealth of concrete ways to promote children's intrinsic motivation to read. It provides 30 practical strategies and activities—such as "Citizen of the Month," "High Five," and "Your Life in Books"—that are ready to implement in the K–6 classroom.

Teachers get step-by-step instructions for creating a motivating classroom environment, nurturing children's self-concepts as literacy learners, and fostering appreciation of the value of reading and writing.

More than a dozen reproducibles include two helpful assessment tools; the large-size format facilitates photocopying.

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The Publisher grants individual book purchasers non-assignable permission to reproduce selected materials in this book for professional use. For details and limitations, see copyright page.

KEY POINTS
> Classroom ready: gives K–6 teachers step-by-step strategies they can start using right away.
> Motivating readers early lays the foundation for literacy success.
> Includes 30 concisely described activities and over a dozen reproducibles, including two assessment tools.
> From prominent experts with experience as teachers, researchers, and professional developers.

 

 

CONTENTS
Introduction: Myths and Truths


I. Motivating Classroom Communities
1. Book Blessing
2. Citizen of the Month
3. Class Spirit
4. Literacy Centers Plus
5. Literacy Workshop Plus
6. Read-and-Think Corner
7. Star of the Week
8. Teacher’s Reading Log
9. Happy Happenings Box
10. Lifeline: Past–Present–Future


II. Promoting Self-Concept as a Reader
11. Experts Teaching
12. Every-Pupil-Response Techniques
13. High Five
14. I Can, You Can, We Can
15. Specific Praise
16. Now–Next–Quick Reads
17. Alternatives to Cold, Round Robin Reading
18. Word Sorting for Younger Students
19. Word Sorting for Older Students


III. Promoting the Value of Reading

20. Be a Reading Role Model
21. Wall of Fame
22. Honor All Print
23. Personal Invitation to Read
24. Make a Real-World Connection
25. I-Search
26. Textbook Top Ten
27. Rewarding Reading
28. Your Life in Books
29. Vote for the Read-Aloud
30. Promoting the Value of Literacy at Home


IV. Against All Odds: A Case Study of Small Changes and Big Differences


V. Assessing Motivation: Instruments
Assessing Motivation to Read
The Teacher, the Text, and the Context: Factors That Influence Elementary Students' Motivation to Write


VI. Conclusion: Myths and Truths Revisited

 

Reviews

This informative, easy-to-use resource is full of practical ideas that fit into the constraints of the busy elementary classroom and mesh well with Common Core standards. The book addresses a very common pitfall to student achievement—lack of motivation. I will definitely use the read-aloud text selection suggestions and the concept of 'honoring all print' in my classroom."
—Denise Ashe Devine, MS, fourth-grade teacher, Chittenango (New York) Central Schools

"This book is a 'must read' for all those who are (or will be) teaching reading. Without motivation, we cannot teach children to become lifelong voluntary readers. The book illustrates how to motivate children with choices, suitable challenges, social interaction, and success—and how to make literacy more interesting and relevant for them. I thoroughly enjoyed the book and learned many excellent strategies."—Lesley Mandel Morrow, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Learning and Teaching, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

The Authors

Barbara A. Marinak, PhD, is Associate Professor in the School of Education and Human Services at Mount St. Mary’s University. Before coming to Mount St. Mary's, she spent more than two decades in public education. She co-chairs the Response to Intervention (RTI) Task Force of the International Reading Association and serves on the National Joint Commission on Learning Disabilities. Dr. Marinak is a recipient of the J. Estill Alexander Future Leaders in Literacy Dissertation Award from the Association of Literacy Educators and Researchers. Her research and publications address reading motivation, intervention practices, and the use of informational text.

Linda B. Gambrell, PhD, is Distinguished Professor in the Eugene T. Moore School of Education at Clemson University. A past president of the International Reading Association (IRA) and the National Reading Conference (NRC), she is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Outstanding Teacher Educator in Reading Award and the William S. Gray Award from the IRA, the Albert J. Kingston Award from the NRC, and the Oscar Causey Award from the Literacy Research Association, and is a member of the Reading Hall of Fame. Dr. Gambrell's research and publications focus on comprehension and cognitive processing, literacy motivation, and the role of discussion in teaching and learning.

Susan A. Mazzoni, MEd, is an independent literacy consultant who works with administrators and teachers to improve literacy practices in elementary school classrooms. For the past 15 years, she has worked with teachers on implementing phonics, phonemic awareness, fluency, comprehension, and vocabulary instruction in ways that promote student engagement and literacy motivation. Ms. Mazzoni has taught reading courses at the University of Maryland, College Park, and served as a research assistant for the National Reading Research Center. Her research and publications address reading motivation, reading engagement, emergent literacy, and discussion.

 

 

 

   Pub USA 2013  Pbk 184 pages

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