Teachers in secondary schools regularly face students who are unmotivated to engage in essential classroom reading assignments. Beginning with an examination of the reasons students avoid such reading assignments, this resource aims to arm teachers with solutions. Written by teachers, in collaboration with renowned researcher John Guthrie, Engaging Adolescents in Reading depicts five vital classroom practices for engaging adolescents in reading. Each practice is linked to a key motivational quality such as interest, ownership, confidence, collaboration, and the desire to understand texts fully. These motivational strategies can be initiated immediately in any subject matter that involves books and texts, and can become the foundation of a renewed structure for teaching in a school.
John T. Guthrie is the Jean Mullan Professor of Literacy in the Department of Human Development at the University of Maryland, College Park. As Director of the Maryland Literacy Research Center, he studies motivations and strategies in reading at all school levels. Before coming to Maryland, he was Research Director for the International Reading Association. He began his career at Johns Hopkins University, where he founded the Kennedy School for children with reading disabilities. His works on reading engagement have been published in the Reading Research Quarterly, the Journal of Educational Psychology, and the Elementary School Journal. He is a recipient of the Oscar Causey Award for Outstanding Reading Research, a member of the International Reading Association Hall of Fame, and the 2004 recipient of the University of Maryland System Regents' Award for research/scholarship/creative activity.