Factors That Motivate Students to Read

May 12, 2010 by

A review of current professional literature led me to conclude that the following factors contribute most to motivating lifelong reading habits.  The articles listed on the reading motivation page of my website address these factors and provide suggestions for incorporating them in classroom instruction.

  • Self-selection/choice
  • Personal interests
  • Access to books
  • Social interaction
  • Caring community
  • Series books/light reading
  • Varied texts
  • Mentoring/Modeling
  • Read-aloud
  • Time to read
  • Meaningfulness
  • Appropriate level of difficulty
  • Scaffolding
  • Feedback

The following resources give further information on ways to motivate our readers:

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