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Book Check-Out

Found in: language arts; motivating students; reading

I have assigned books for high school students in two different ways. I have had students take their copies home while I kept a classroom set for in-class reading and group work. (It took longer, but students were all reading in class and the slower readers could keep up at home.) On other occasions, I had only a class set for in-class reading, but if the students really wanted their own copy and asked me for one, I let them “persuade” me to check out a copy for home. Really, I wanted everyone to want their own copy, but have found that when students feel like they are getting special treatment for being allowed to check out a book, they take better care of it and do the reading that is required. The successful students go to the library or bookstore to get a copy for home, but the students that struggle a bit were the ones I was trying to get through the book.


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