Getting Students to do the Reading and do it Well

Document Type

Poster Session

Presentation Date


Conference Name

Indiana FALCON Conference

Conference Location

Indianapolis, IN


According to some surveys, we can expect that well over half of our students haven’t finished the assigned reading for class. Some haven’t begun it, and a few won’t even buy the book. This session explores possible reasons why students aren’t reading and digs into strategies that can get them engaged. Emphasis is on the importance of considering different factors affecting sustained and effective reading, beyond the easy blame on student laziness and apathy. We will discuss and model a range of reading methods including reading journals, says/does annotation, rhetorical reading, sleuthing, and concept mapping. We will also consider the particular challenges and possibilities technology offers to student reading.


English Language and Literature

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