Getting High School Students Interested in Reading

While most high school students can tell you all about the latest movies they have seen, most of our students cannot tell you about great books that they have read recently.  Since kids like to spend time on social networking sites, capitalize on this love by introducing your students to some online reading social networking sites.  One of these is www.goodreads.com.  At this site, readers can find out what their friends are reading and read reviews of popular books for adolescent readers.  At www.shelfari.com by Amazon, students can create a shelf of books to show what they are reading and what you have finished reading. You can also recommend books for other readers.  At www.bookcrossing.com, readers can track books when they leave them for strangers to pick up in cafes, train stations and parks.  As people find your book, you will get comments from the readers who have “found” your book as it travels all around the world.  Another site to check out  is www.bookmooch.com.  This site is a type of lending library where you can lend your own books and receive books in the mail from others who participate in the site.  The only cost is the postage to send your books on to someone who requests your book.  Sharing books with others is a great way to get adolescents interested in reading and sharing books with not only their friends but the world.

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  1. Chupacabras May 24, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    Junior high school and high school students who fall into this trend could face significant setbacks in later life. Even those who don’t plan to attend college will need strong vocabulary and comprehension skills. In fact, one school administrator consulting with Scholastic recently indicated that a mechanic’s manual requires better reading skills than a standard college text. And throughout adult life, they will likely need to decode complex information such as healthcare forms and insurance documents.

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