Maximising Motivation for Literacy Learning
by Barbara A Marinak et al

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.

PHOTOCOPY RIGHTS
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

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