Reaching Reluctant Readers. By: Joy Millam Heather Gruenthal Teacher Librarians & YALSAs Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Committee. What does a reluctant reader look like?. There is no single answer. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation
By: Joy Millam Heather Gruenthal
Teacher Librarians &YALSAs Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers Committee
They are the goths, geeks, preps, jocks, nerds, skaters, and gamers. Kids from every demographic can be RRs.
How do we define a reluctant reader:RRs are kids who for whatever reason do not like to read.
Sometimes they are too busy to readAthletics and extra-curricular activitiesDemanding course of study (IB/AP coursework)Employment
BooktalksDigital book trailersPurchase appealing books for themRead the movie
RRs like books that have these characteristicsAppealing coversAttention getting openingEdgy topics
Ask for donations (registration packet or back to school night, alumni letter)Recycling collectionBook fairs (physical & virtual)Amazon wishlistSelling bookmarks
RRs also like Gateway books like PostSecretVery visualFew words
These books dont look like much but they lead to quality books.
Read all books you share with studentsCover is impactfulChoose popular booksie: Child Called It Take notes as you readCite passages Note important events
Buy extra copiesNote popular titles & find similar titles (ie: It- Bruises, Basement)Practice, practice, practiceYour comfort is criticalPractice passages and summariesTake your show on the roadMake regular appointments
Take books to the classroomPrepare several different presentationsEnsures availabilityWear comfy clothesLeave brochuresDisplay booktalk booksAdd encouraging note
Dont booktalk a book you dislikedDont reveal too muchDont go too long per title2-5 min per title max.Dont memorizeDont talk too fast
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