ERIC Number: ED369038
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Reading Skills of Ninth Grade Underachievers by Instilling a Desire To Read.
Gomer, Judith R.
A practicum was designed to solve the problem of the lack of desire to read and the poor quality of the reading of 65 inner city underachieving basic skills students. Objectives were to increase motivation to read among the students and to improve the quality of their oral, silent, and reading comprehension skills. Incentives for reading enjoyment were provided through various activities where reading was a necessary component. Students were taken on field trips over an eight-month period. Reports about the trips encouraged both reading and writing. Dramatizations and costume parties depicting storybook characters enhanced reading. Fund raising activities were held so that students were able to buy books. While motivational activities were taking place, various reading strategies were used to ensure that reading skills were being improved. Exercises to teach how to find the main idea, how to infer what the author is trying to tell, and how to improve mechanical reading skills were employed. Each student's deficiencies were isolated and reading drills used to improve their skills. A plan was developed to give students learning opportunities to use reading for purposes of enjoyment. A student survey questioned whether the students accomplished this goal. Analysis of data revealed that the participants' oral, silent, and reading comprehension skills improved. Some students continued to dislike reading although most showed an increased desire to read as their reading skills improved. (Contains 22 references and two tables of data; appendixes present questionnaires, staff biographies, and assignment descriptions.) (Author/RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Reading Motivation; Student Surveys
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.