Motivation for literacy is critical for children of all ages particularly younger students as they need to understand the significance of learning to read and write. Integrating literacy activities into other subject areas can be a great way for teachers to generate interest once students have a foundation of basic skills. Motivating students can also be accomplished through the use of interesting materials and activities to encourage engagement.
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UNDERSTANDING: Ideas and knowledge about motivation for literacy is spread out throughout this book. Chapter 2 indicates that out of a large group of diverse preteens the major motivation for reading comes from having time for independent reading of books of their own choosing and teachers reading aloud to them (p.15).
INSTRUCTION: This video explains a game that is designed to give students the chance to participate in a healthy and engaging competition related to a literacy learning goal. This game can be used to practice phonic sounds, beginning/middle/ending sounds, sight word review, sentence dictation, reading comprehension and more. Students love competition and games are a fun way to bring play into literacy.
ASSESSMENT: Designing effective and engaging instruction means considering the motivational needs of students. Research suggest a strong relationship between motivation and achievement. This article reviews a theoretical framework that posits that motivation is determined by an individual’s perception that they will be successful in performing a task and that they perceive a value in accomplishing the task. It provides teachers with a way to assess if this is being accomplished in their…
INSTRUCTION: In this hotspot students develop the ability to choose precise, descriptive words in writing by engaging in a realistic opportunity to create a notice for a lost suitcase. This activity can be adapted in many ways and is a great way to get students writing as it has a real-world purpose and uses concrete materials to motivate them/support their thinking.
UNDERSTANDING: This article examines the current research surrounding motivation for literacy. Some of the factors that are important for reading motivation includes self-concept and value of reading, choice; time spent talking about books, types of text available, and the use of incentives.
ASSESSMENT: This reading and writing attitude survey provides a motivating way for students to think about their feelings on reading. They are able to self-assess and discuss their feelings through answering the questionnaire. This is a great diagnostic assessment to determine what students needs are when it come to motivation for literacy.
INSTRUCTION: Building knowledge, vocabulary, and a motivation for reading through the use of class read alouds is essential in any primary classroom. By reading aloud to children, teachers can provide them the opportunity to discuss related issues, resulting in an opportunity to explore content more deeply. According to CTW, reading aloud matters to motivation, and what you read aloud may really matter to your struggling readers (p.16).
INSTRUCTION: This hot spot allows teachers to increase student motivation for literacy by providing a variety of reading options (including recent read alouds). By having access to a variety of reading materials, including stories, nonfiction, and poetry, you can foster a love for learning and offer students the opportunity to understand different text structures and word patterns while increasing their fluency and vocabulary.