Graduation Year

2011

Location

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

Start Date

9-4-2011 9:00 AM

End Date

9-4-2011 10:00 AM

Description

This inquiry was motivated by my student teaching experiences in a fourth grade classroom during which I experimented with the idea of motivating students to read through engaging them in a classroom library that was responsive to their diverse reading needs and interests.

I implemented a plan that integrate specific activities and interactive lesson plans and media into the already existing reading curriculum spotlighting the classroom library. My study was conducted and highlighted through students' organization of the classroom library, the inclusion of additional media into the already substantial classroom library, novel studies and book talks and the impact of these activities on student motivation were examined by conducting student interviews and inquiries. Field notes brought me to the crucial conclusion - allowing students time to be engaged in their classroom library can be beneficial when it comes to motivating young, growing readers. Most important is the readily available access to books and the integration of student choice that fosters voluntary reading within a classroom.

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Motivating Young Readers: Creating and Implementing a Classroom Library That is Rsponsive to Students and Their Diverse Reading Interests

Ames Library, Illinois Wesleyan University

This inquiry was motivated by my student teaching experiences in a fourth grade classroom during which I experimented with the idea of motivating students to read through engaging them in a classroom library that was responsive to their diverse reading needs and interests.

I implemented a plan that integrate specific activities and interactive lesson plans and media into the already existing reading curriculum spotlighting the classroom library. My study was conducted and highlighted through students' organization of the classroom library, the inclusion of additional media into the already substantial classroom library, novel studies and book talks and the impact of these activities on student motivation were examined by conducting student interviews and inquiries. Field notes brought me to the crucial conclusion - allowing students time to be engaged in their classroom library can be beneficial when it comes to motivating young, growing readers. Most important is the readily available access to books and the integration of student choice that fosters voluntary reading within a classroom.