The blog post Aim Higher had a common theme that has been discussed in #yalitclass. The ability to allow students to select their own books in a literature class. It’s no surprise that when given the ability to select their own book, they are more likely to read it. Why? Because they are selecting some thing that sparked their interest, they want to read to know more about it.
“Those who have made the move will tell you that choice matters, along with time to read and write, when it comes to student engagement and real movement in our teenage readers and writers”
.My own experience to the student in the article, Sarah, is similar. Books were selected for us, mostly classics, and the assignments were dull at best. Not to inspiring, eh? If students associate reading with dullness, they are less likely to continue reading independently.