ERIC Number: ED240514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Fostering Positive Readers and Thinkers from Negative Students.
Broening, Elise H.
A literature teacher used high interest paperback books to develop the educational skills and improve the attitudes of unmotivated students. By introducing new books with guides stressing personal reasoning and values clarification over correct answers, the teacher helped build students' confidence in their own thinking ability. She pushed students to recognize relationships in print through further study guides and increased student interest with enrichment activities. When reading "Secrets of the Shopping Mall," for example, students studied the feasibility of teenagers being able to survive undetected in their own local mall. The instructor guided students through composition assignments with carefully considered prewriting exercises. Relying heavily on peer tutoring, group work, and school resources, and permitting oral or taped as well as written reports, the teacher developed a course that made reluctant students into more interested readers, thinkers, and writers. (MM)
Descriptors: Cognitive Development, Creative Thinking, English Instruction, Enrichment Activities, Literature Appreciation, Low Achievement, Motivation Techniques, Paperback Books, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Resource Materials, Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Improvement, Study Guides, Teaching Methods, Writing Improvement
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the New York State Reading Association Statewide Conference (17th, Kiamesha Lake, NY, November 8-13, 1983).