Effective teachers incorporate a variety of methods in their lessons to accommodate students with different preferences, processing styles, and strengths. Here are a few strategies you can use to try to motivate students to read.
Enacting a Favorite CharacterGuide students to select a character from a book they’re reading. Once they’ve made their choice, have them create a simple costume or find props that depict the character, and then prepare and deliver a one- to two-minute monologue introducing the character to the class.
A favorite selection a young child might choose is Fern Arable, the little girl in Charlotte’s Web. Wearing a simple dress with hair pulled back in a loose ponytail, true to her character, young Fern carries on a brief conversation with Charlotte A. Cavatica—with the spider skillfully created from pipe cleaners. After reading Salt in His Shoes, a young boy might morph into a tall, lanky Michael Jordan and talk to the class about the pursuit of his childhood dream to play basketball.
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