Reflection: Intrinsic Motivation Building Background: Banned Books Webquest - Section 1: Webquest!


One of the biggest challenges that I face as a teacher is embodied in the student who doesn't like to read.  This year, for some reason, about twenty percent of my students are -- for all intents and purposes -- non-readers.  I teach Honors 8th grade exclusively, which means that all of my students CAN read.  Many just don't.

Over the course of my 15+ years in the classroom, I have tried just about everything.  I have booktalked until I was blue in the face.  I have had students try audiobooks, graphic novels, you name it.  Some kids refuse to accept reading into their lives.

The teacher across the hall from me put up a slide one day that said "If you don't like reading, you aren't doing it right."  I love that.  But I am a reader, and I always have been.

The one thing with which I have limited success is telling the non-readers that a certain book is banned/challenged/on the "high school" list.  I say things like, you shouldn't read this book (then I whisper, "Yes, you should.")  Or I say, I "can't recommend" this book, because I am not supposed to suggest that you read books that really are for high school.

After doing this webquest, one of my students got his hands on a copy of Huckleberry Finn.  He's reading it diligently, but I can tell that he's wondering what all the fuss was about.


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  Intrinsic Motivation: How to make a student read a book
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Building Background: Banned Books Webquest

Unit 11: Censorship in 2013: Gearing up for Banned Books Week
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: SWBAT develop a more comprehensive understanding of the book challenges that are being brought today and will use Huck Finn as a lens to examine two sides of the argument.

Big Idea: Online research provides opportunities to collect information and evaluate sources.

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English / Language Arts, internet, WebQuest, books, debate, Banned Books, censorship
  45 minutes
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