Inspiring Reading Success
High-Interest Reading Leaves No Child Behind
How can teachers motivate their students to love reading? In chapter 2 of this volume, “High-Interest Reading Leaves No Child Behind,” Rosalie Fink tells inspiring stories of struggling students who succeeded as readers and professionals in fields that require sophisticated reading such as medicine, law, business, science, and the arts. The chapter presents Fink's Interest-Based Model of Reading as well as lots of activities, websites, and texts for teachers to use. The needs of all types of students across grades K–12 are addressed—striving readers, English-language learners, “normally developing” students, and advanced learners.
Fink tackles questions about the current high-stakes testing atmosphere in the United States and raises controversial issues about the unintended effects of the No Child Left Behind Act. Approaches to teaching that will spur progress for all types of readers are presented in an accessible, reader-friendly style based on Fink's research as well as her experience as a teacher and reading specialist. Classroom teachers will especially appreciate the reproducible materials that this chapter provides for quick and easy classroom use. The pre- and postreading questions will spur thought-provoking discussions among professionals and university students alike.
Fink, R. (2008).
High-Interest Reading Leaves No Child Behind.
In R. Fink, & S. Samuels (Eds.), Inspiring Reading Success (pp. 19-61). Newark, DE: International Reading Association.