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Research has proven that middle school is the time in which students abandon recreational reading for the rest of their lives if they do not find the process to be engaging. In order to hook readers and urge them to continue this pursuit, teachers need to give students access to high interest books and the time to read without any high stakes assessment attached to it. The curriculum designed for this project uses the influences of Allen, McClure, and Serravallo to implement a series of reading conferences in conjunction with independent silent reading time and mini-lessons in the middle school classroom. This system allows for students to set goals for themselves around books that they read for enjoyment. By aligning this time for reading and providing students with autonomy in how much the lessons are structured, this allows for an increase in motivation. The curriculum is suggested for middle school grades, but can be adapted to other grades so that any classroom teacher can create an environment for students to read. The goal of this project is to get high interest books in the hands of students and provide them with time to read for enjoyment. By giving students this opportunity in the classroom, the hope is for an increase in intrinsic motivation which will then carry over into developing lifelong readers.
Curriculum, Literacy, Reading
Overby-Lang, Joshua, "The Joy Of Reading: Increasing Intrinsic Motivation Through Choice Texts And Reading Conferences In Middle School" (2021). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 764.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects