Effective methods to increase independent reading stamina and motivation for the reluctant reader
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A six-week study was conducted in a seventh grade reading class with 12 students who were identified as reading at least two years below grade level. A literature review showed a strong link between independent reading commitment and academic achievement. It also revealed motivation and stamina for independent reading can be significantly enhanced by teachers who provide access to book choice, instruction and personal guidance in self-selecting books, and opportunities for collaboration. During the study, students were taught strategies for book selection, provided time and one-on-one support for independent reading during class, and expected to read independently at home. Data collection included interest inventories, teacher observations, and student reflections. Results of the study showed improvement in the areas of reading motivation and stamina, with a marked increase in student confidence regarding ability to choose books.