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Posted on March 13, 2015 3:28 pm
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Jennifer Dowdy
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In a high school literature class we do a lot of reading. I've tried reading aloud to the students, having them read in pairs, having students volunteer to read, but I still have students that will not read regardless of the strategy. Any suggestions of strategies that work for students who won't read by themselves, don't pay attention when others read, and goof off in groups?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 15, 2015 2:49 am

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I have found that audiobooks are good interventions for non-readers. I also give quick 10 question multiple-choice quizzes after every couple chapters as well. This at the very least documents when the student is reading and when he is not.
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I agree with this solution.
  Posted on: February 26, 2018 12:34 am

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Solution 2
Posted March 14, 2015 10:08 pm

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You may need to work closely with those students to find a particular book that truly engages them. My son doesn't love to read, but his teacher has turned him on to several books that are a part of a series. Once he reads the first one and loves it, he is much more motivated to read the rest. Using book trailers, which are available on YouTube, are a great way to introduce new texts to students. Try to build your classroom library as well to include books that are highly engaging, and share your enthusiasm for reading them.
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meXyHy
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This is a solution I wold also attempt.
  Posted on: October 15, 2015 9:37 pm

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Solution 3
Posted March 14, 2015 12:36 am

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Have students answer questions that go along with the chapter. If they don't read, they will not do well on the assignment and that is their consequence.
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Posted March 15, 2015 8:17 pm

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It is important to have heterogeneous and homogeneous reading groups. Each time students are required to do independent reading attach a small assignment.
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Solution 5
Posted October 4, 2015 4:57 am

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Some students may have problems reading out loud. They may be okay reading on their own but get really nervous reading out loud so they may mess the words up. Also, as hard as it may seem, some students may have problems reading the texts that are assigned because of the words, or language (like old Shakespeare). Working in groups, they might pretend to be too cool to actually read the text because they want to impress their friends. Giving them short quizzes after each chapter or act (if it's a play) is a great way to see if they are paying attention or understanding what is happening in the texts being read. Sometimes if you are reading a play as a group you may have to assign roles out, request volunteers first but then give out the rest of the roles to people who you think would be able to read a lot and be comfortable with it, or just rather read a few lines like secondary characters.
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Posted September 29, 2015 8:47 pm

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Have the students answer questions about the reading that go in order with the reading. I would make the questions a little more in depth so I know they are actually grasping the information.
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