Four teaching hacks to encourage reading

Nov 24, 2016 | Posted by Impact Teachers

Most people don’t gain an appreciation for literature until they are older. Now more so than ever, children, teens and other young adults are shunning books as they become absorbed in electronics. They may spend their nights texting friends and scrolling through social media, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t a few tricks to get them reading instead. Here are four hacks to spark a love of literature amongst pupils.

Recommend books that aren’t on the syllabus

One of the big problems is that young people can struggle to relate to the literature that’s put in front of them. More often than not, they’re faced with the likes of Charles Dickens and William Shakespeare. Of course, these authors were masters of their craft, but they don’t always appeal to a younger generation. Therefore, how about recommending a text that your class can really sink their teeth into? The Catcher in the Rye by J.D Salinger is certainly one option. It tells the story of teen Holden Caulfield as he deals with angst and indifference. Your class won’t be able to put it down!

Act out the plays

The GCSE syllabus is rife with amazing plays. Amongst the most famous include Macbeth, Twelfth Night and The Crucible. Always remember that these classics were intended to be acted out. Therefore, get your class on their feet and into character. If not, reading these texts can be quite an uninspiring experience.

Movies followed by books

If you can’t beat them, join them! You surely won’t have to talk your class into watching a movie. Therefore, sit them down in front of a film before pointing them in the direction of the book. The Harry Potter franchise would be a great place to start.

Don’t give up!

Never give up pushing your class towards literature. With any luck, these nifty hacks should help you accomplish your mission.

Impact Teachers
Written by Impact Teachers
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