ERIC Number: ED454507
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Jul-10
Using Technology and Creative Reading Activities to Increase Pleasure Reading among High School Students in Resource Classes.
Barrett, Katherine B.
This applied dissertation was designed to encourage resource students to read more books for pleasure. Resource students in the writer's high school did not read many books for pleasure. Students had short attention spans and found it difficult to finish school assignments without encouragement. They also found reading difficult and often said they did not like to read. The writer developed creative reading activities, many of which included the use of technology. Students were shown a weekly video tape of community leaders modeling the importance of reading. Students typed their writing assignments using Word, created PowerPoint presentations describing a career, wrote to a favorite author, wrote book reviews, interpreted poetry, wrote poetry, and illustrated poetry. All projects created on the computer or digital pictures of students were linked to their Reading Web pages saved on their computer disks. Students also participated in a Drop Everything and Read (DEAR) Program, participated in a poetry reading, and read to a group of preschool children. Analysis of the data revealed that although not as many library books were checked out as predicted, resource students did read more and enjoyed using technology to complete reading activities. (Contains 91 references. Included in the appendices are a student reading questionnaire, a rubric for critiquing a career PowerPoint presentation, a letter to community leaders, a letter to the local poetry club, and a letter to a day care center.) (RS)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova Southeastern University.