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How to motivate someone into reading?

Journal Entry: Sun Nov 16, 2014, 7:28 AM
  • Mood: Winter Downs


Don't worry, I'm not trying to coerce people into reading my work :D

I teach a group of girls after school (its a study circle and I help them out with history) and I've come to the point where I think developing their reading skills is important and it will definitely help them in their studies, not to mention expand their vocabulary - in writing and speaking - and it'll hone their analytical skills.

The problem I'm having is with motivation. These girls have grown up without falling in love with reading. Or maybe they never got the chance or right motivation. For them its limited to whatever is needed to get through school and reading text messages/Facebook updates. Even trying to give them a book is difficult because they just hold up their phone and say they can read it off the screen.

So, should I bribe them? Pit them against one another in competition? I've already refrained from calling it 'homework' because that will automatically put them off and I've told them that if they complete x number of chapters, I will give them a prize. The book I've selected for their reading has 16 chapters and each chapter is at least 2 pages long and the language is simple, the narrative is absolutely beautiful and they get a history lesson in the form of a story, which makes it very easy to remember for tests and stuff.

Any ideas? :?

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