Below are ideas for encouraging students to do more extensive reading. Some of them have appeared in earlier readings in this course. Choose one idea that has worked for you or that you think might work. Please explain why it worked or why it might work.
Alternative #1: Suggest an idea to add to the list and why that idea might work.
Alternative #2: Choose one student or other person you know who is a reluctant reader. Try convincing that person to read more. Report on your conversation.
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Our local minor league baseball team set up a program for us. We set goals for the students to meet in terms of number of books read (at their reading level). We had a chart of a baseball field hanging on the wall. Each student had a cutout of a baseball with her/his name on it. When they met their first goal, their baseball was placed on first base and they received a pencil. When they met their second goal, their baseball was moved to second base and they received an eraser. When they met their third goal, their baseball was moved to third base and they received a ruler. When they met their fourth goal and their baseball was moved to home plate, they received a ticket to a special baseball game. At the game they received a t-shirt, a hot dog and a coke, and their names were shown on the scoreboard. The students were really excited about watching their baseballs move around the diamond; but they were also excited to see everyone else’s moving, too. We were able to take all of the fourth, fifth and sixth graders to the game free of charge.
Some of the activities for book club could be: