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ERIC Number: ED314727
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 7
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Using Informational Material to Spark Reading Interests in Adolescents.
Hubbell, Victoria
Classroom teachers of adolescents need to analyze the material they use for instructional purposes, as well as the materials they suggest for independent reading, to be certain that both incorporate text which is informational or technical, since experience suggests that this type of material is generally preferred by readers of this age group. Examples of the kind of text which can be used with adolescents include a substantial variety of genres. An appropriate starting point for reluctant readers is biographies, some of which have more of a documentary tone while others read more like novels. Material drawn from the adult world is also informative and appealing to young adults. Pamphlets and brochures supply practical information on such topics as wages, driving, word processing, interviewing, etc. These lend themselves for use with remedial readers while being presented in an adult format. Other sources for factual and motivational reading material include newspapers, magazines, and texts containing scientific or educational information. The justification for incorporating such materials in the classroom is that they provide reluctant readers with the needed motivation and help satisfy the need of adolescents to develop their self-concepts. (KEH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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