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ERIC Number: ED335643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
The Middle School Student and Interest in Reading.
Ediger, Marlow
Interest is a powerful psychological factor in learning. Middle school students need to be involved in both selecting reading materials and choosing the method of appraisal. Approaches used need to encourage, not hinder interest in reading. Some student projects that have been used as evaluation tools are dioramas, pictures, pantomime, oral reading, and murals. In addition, many projects can provide excellent opportunities for collaborative learning. Some of the 15 additional approaches that may be utilized to appraise middle school achievement in reading are: (1) writing a letter to the author; (2) writing a different setting, plot, theme, or point of view than provided; (3) presenting an oral report; (4) reading additional books written by the same author or on the same or similar topic; (5) playing the role of the author and being interviewed by a classmate; (6) drawing a map of the setting; and (7) developing a test of the material. Interest and excitement are in evidence as students explore, discover, and invent. Middle school students can be very reasonable individuals when following their very own interests in the reading curriculum. Self-selection of reading materials and appraisal procedures encourages, develops, and maintains a life-long interest in reading. (PRA)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A