I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me: Reaching Reluctant Teen Readers / Edition 1

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Marilyn Reynolds has brought many disaffected, school-hostile, and wholly unmotivated students into the ranks of lifelong readers. In this concise, practical book, she shares techniques she has used and personal anecdotes that reveal much about reluctant readers and teachers who struggle daily to engage them. Among many other key topics, Reynolds discusses:

  • the importance of respect for students' attitudes, experiences, perceptions, and choices regarding reading
  • tips for motivating reluctant readers
  • classroom management issues
  • tudent/teacher/program accountability.
In addition to insightful analysis, Reynolds devotes a good portion of her book to practical, immediately usable resources, including answers to frequently asked questions, prompts for teaching, and a separate section of "Tricks of the Trade" with logs, forms, an extensive list of "hit" books, and much more.

Read Reynolds and offer your reluctant readers the gift of a reading habit.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Marilyn Reynolds' passion for helping reluctant readers develop a lifetime reading habit is told with a mixture of wit and wisdom. Her personal narrative, practical suggestions, strategies, and ideas will bolster any reading program, especially one that fosters individual choice. Don't miss any of the material in the Appendices, which include surveys, graphic organizers, and other strategies that combine to make this a must-read for teachers.”–David Doty, Literacy Coach/Literacy and Leadership Partner, Los Angeles Unified School District

“Marilyn Reynolds has tackled the subject of the secondary struggling and unmotivated reader in a way that few others have. She has assembled a toolbox of practical and effective strategies that can be used to assist teachers with the students that appear in all of our classrooms. Teachers in all subject areas will find these strategies useful.”–Sue Stickel, Former High School Teacher, Elk Grove USD, California

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325006055
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 2/11/2004
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet the Author

A prolific young adult novelist and Emmy Award nominee, Marilyn Reynolds knows teens. She has taught reading to at-risk high school students for more than 30 years. She also conducts workshops for teachers of reluctant readers and makes motivational presentations to middle and high schools across the country. One of her greatest pleasures is hearing This is the first book I have ever read. Got any more?
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Table of Contents

An Overview

I Won't Read and You Can't Make Me

Let Me Tell You This, Reading Will Lead Lives

Do You Ever Get in Trouble for Using Bad Words in Your Books?

Bibliotherapy Is Not a Four-Letter Word

What Makes for a Successful SSR Program?

Why Bother with the Ones Who Can't or Won't Get with the Program?

Beware of Weapons of Mass Instruction

From Teacher to Writer

Tricks of the Trade


A. How I Learned to Read

B. Nurturing Your Writing Self

C. Down in Infamy

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