ERIC Number: EJ1063878
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Reference Count: 15
Booktalking: Avoiding Summer Drift
Whittingham, Jeff; Rickman, Wendy A.
Knowledge Quest, v43 n5 p18-21 May-Jun 2015
Summer drift, otherwise known as loss of reading comprehension skills or reading achievement, has been a well-known and well-documented phenomenon of public education for decades. Studies from the late twentieth century to the present have demonstrated a slowdown in summer drift attributed to specific summer reading programs addressing motivation through student choice, student ownership, and teacher/parent scaffolding. Scaffolding, or support given to students during the learning process, includes activities such as booktalks, vocabulary development, reading ladders, book groups, and anything else providing support for students' independent reading. Successful booktalking by school librarians can help provide the intrinsic motivation students need to read independently during the months they are out of school. Because of the constant barrage of information--and distraction--in today's society filled with Internet, social media and instant gratification, school librarians must work to get the attention of their patrons. Well-planned and executed booktalks are one way in which school librarians can get this attention. This article provides a few simple guidelines for making booktalks successful.
Descriptors: Summer Programs, Reading Programs, Reading Comprehension, Reading Skills, Reading Achievement, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Teaching Methods, Student Motivation, School Libraries, Librarians, Role, Reading Motivation
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