How can at-risk, struggling adolescents become motivated to read?





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Motivating adolescent students to read is a topic that many teachers, including myself battle with. Finding a balance where students have choice and take ownership for what they read in the classroom is an art. This qualitative study takes a look at individual students and what it is that gets them excited about reading, as well as, what types of instruction seem to work best. One-on-one interviews were given, direct instruction mini-lessons were used, and a teacher reflective journal was kept. The results of the study were positive, the mini-lessons were received well, and the students gave valuable information as to what motivates them to read. The results have changed the lessons I include in my class as well as the intake process of my students when they first arrive. This study has also given me additional topics to pursue.

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