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Hooking Readers


Found in: reading; reluctant readers; motivating students

I recommend Monster by Walter Dean Myers as a reading choice. My classes have loved it. Capture student interest with an interesting warm-up and half of your work is done. With Monster I used the following journal topic: 'Have you ever been accused of something that you didn't do? Have you ever accused someone of something that they didn't do? Do you know someone who may have had a similar situation?'

Another book, Like Sisters on the Homefront, by Rita Williams-Garcia deals with several high-interest topics like teen pregnancy, aversion to school, and parent/child conflicts. Some of the topics are controversial, but you can always use excerpts. The point is that you won't have to ask your students to read twice.

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