Get the basic facts about what it takes for a young child to learn to read, best practices in teaching reading, the importance of oral language in literacy development, why so many children struggle and more in this overview.
INSTRUCTION: "Party Invitations: Motivating Students to Write Informatively" - This activity is taken from the Balanced Literacy Diet website. Students are able to pick a party/holiday/event that is relevant to them and write an informal invitation. This is a great activity to increase student motivation as it reflects a real-life activities and is relevant to students, as they are at the age of receiving invitations. They are also able to make connections to their prior experiences.
ASSESSMENT: This article dicusses the Motivation to Read Profile- Revised (MPR-R), a tool designed for educators to determine "students' perceived value of reading and self-concept as readers." This is administered through a reading survey and conversational interview with prompts. I chose this resource as it is a reliable way of formally assessing motivation and can be used to create personalized plans to support students and increase their motivation for reading.
ASSESSMENT: According to the Balanced Literacy Diet website, assessment in motivation should be focused on monitoring whether students are eager and active in their reading, and if they are succeeding. If they are not having success in reading, then assessing whether the materials are too difficult or uninteresting to them will help to focus on how to increase their interest and engagement.
UNDERSTANDING: In this Scholastic article by Hunter (2005), the author identifies the difference between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation. She explains that it is more effective to help shift students towards intrinsic motivation (for example, wanting to read for enjoyment rather than for incentives). I recommend this reading because it is clear, based on research, and offers tips for educators to promote intrinsic motivation.