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Reading Reasons

Motivational Mini-Lessons for Middle and High School

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"Why should I read?" Can your students answer that question? Do they have trouble seeing the importance that reading may have in their lives? Are they lacking motivation, both in academic and recreational reading? Do you think you can effectively teach reading strategies if students don't understand the benefits of literacy?

In Reading Reasons, Kelly Gallagher offers a series of mini-lessons specifically tailored to motivate middle and high school students to read, and in doing so, to help them understand the importance and relevance reading will take in their lives. This book introduces and explains in detail nine specific "real-world" reasons why students should be readers.

The book contains forty practical, classroom-tested and reproducible mini-lessons that get to the heart of reading motivation and that can be used immediately in English (as well as other content-area) classrooms. These easy-to-use motivational lessons serve as weekly reading "boostershots" that help maintain reading enthusiasm in your classroom from September through June. The mini-lessons, ranging from five to twenty minutes in length, hit home with adolescents, and in turn, enable them to internalize the importance reading will play in their lives. Rather than telling students reading is good for them, the lessons in this book show them the benefits of reading.

About the Author(s)

Kelly, a "baseballoholic" and a self-described expert at negotiating airports, is in his 30th year of teaching at the high school level.

He currently teaches at Magnolia High School in Anaheim, California.

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Introduction: "Why Should I Read?"
1. Our Greatest Challenge
2. The Nine Reading Reasons
3. The Forty Mini-Lessons
4. Developing Your Own Reading Reason Lens
Appendix A: The Three Commandments of Developing a Classroom Library
Appendix B: 101 Books Every Classroom Library Should Have
Appendix C: Monthly Bulletin Board Ideas to Promote Reading
Appendix D: Book Donation Label
Appendix E: Books Recommended by Students Form
Appendix F: Parent Classroom Library Letter
Appendix G: Books Read by the Magnolia High School Faculty Book Club
Appendix H: Reading Log
Appendix I: Reading Record
Appendix J: Magazine Check-Out
Appendix K: Classroom Time Chart

Product Details

Media: 192 pp/paper
Year: 2003
Item No: WEB-0356
ISBN: 978-157110-356-7
Grade Range: 6-12