Using Social Media in the Language Arts Classroom to Enhance Motivation and Engagement of Reading in Middle School Students
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The purpose of this project was to create a website by which teachers could readily seek strategies to motivate their middle school readers and in doing so, increase their reading comprehension. The accompanying paper provides a brief review of the literature and a website user guide, with a focus on using blogging as a strategy to increase motivation and reading comprehension in middle school classrooms. The website is an avenue where knowledge accumulated through peer-reviewed research and classroom experience (both personal and that of others) is shared. Research has shown that motivation to read in and out of school decreases as students progress through middle school (Kelley & Decker, 2009). Furthermore, results from grade ten students in Ontario on EQAO assessments have shown a decrease in achievement for literacy across subject areas over the last five years. This new website, Engaging Middle School Readers, is a combination of blog posts, educational book summaries, video modules, and suggested online resources suitable for teachers, students, and parents – all made accessible in hopes to counteract the decrease in motivation, and encourage the frequent use of comprehension reading strategies.