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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? :?


Allie Q
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I'm just another writer trying to improve :) I actually want to be a published author, but I wasn't sure that all the ideas I had bouncing around in my head were stories anyone would be interested in reading, so putting them on DA is sort of an experiment. It was a leap to put my work here and I'm glad I have, I've interacted with some very wonderful and helpful people because of it :D and I've also managed to finish an entire novel, so that is some Class A encouragement. Recently I have decided to give back to this lovely community by way of leaving very long, very crazy (in my opinion at least) feedback comments on things I like and I just can't keep quiet about how lovely it is. So, if you want someone to give you an honest impression of your work (if you're a writer, you'll get much more detail because I love reading) just drop me a line and I'll try to be as helpful as I can :XD:

As of 14th June 2013, I am an archaeologist :XD:

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DeniseCroy Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hi ! Thank you for collecting my work :)
Essieo-Novels Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
Hey :wave:

Just wanted to drop by and see how you were doing :nod:

I haven't heard from you in awhile. How's being an archaeologist?? :D I remembered you being so stressed out about getting there. It's awesome to see that you made it :heart:
Storyteller21 Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014   Writer
Hi! I'm doing fine, thanks for asking :D I've just been visiting family and it takes a big chunk of time out of the day so I've basically just been a ghost here on DA, just popping in to clear some submissions from the group messages. I am, however, keeping up with Ray (don't think I've forgotten about him :P) and I'll be delivering my thoughts soon - when my relatives stop being so demanding and give us a moment to breathe! :faint:

Being an archaeologist is fun - except the paperwork and admin-y stuff, which I think is universally unpleasant whatever you do. I was doing my Masters degree over the last year and submitted my dissertation last month. I recently found out that I passed and did very well in that, so there has been much wohoo-ing :w00t:

How are you doing? (belated happy birthday by the way, I was off the grid at that point) I see Just Listen and Yours to Hold appears to be at the top of your to-do list. I feel like being very evil and adding more things for you to read :mwahaha: I have many more characters to trick you into falling in love with ;P
Essieo-Novels Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014
I'm glad :aww: And yeah, I know how that can be :faint: I love my relatives, but sometimes they're too much :XD: Haha, don't worry about reading Ray. You really don't have to, but that's sweet of you to think about :huggle: 

Oh! That's awesome!! :squee: I'm so happy for you :happybounce: Congratulations! :party: Even if you have to do paperwork, having the title of an archaeologist must be so satisfying ^^

Aw, thanks :heart: And I'm good. The book I was working on while my old account was deactivated should be published in December, so that's awesome :P Yes, yes it is :love: It's so deserving too :la: Ah, I can't wait to read more! :woohoo: I've been so busy on here already with reading others' works. I swear I get myself in this black hole of critiquing every time :XD: But, my plan is to catch up on your Yours to Hold submissions soon ^^ Just thinking about more Aiden gets me stoked :la:
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Thank you for the :+fav: :glomp:
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Glomp-Fruits Basket Style Glomp glomp glomp 
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Thank you for the llama!
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Thank you for the watch. :heart:
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Thank you for the watch. :heart:
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