Do you teach children or
adolescents who are reluctant to read?
Here are some strategies that motivate deaf children to read.
Classroom Conditions that Ensure Success
- ImmersionBeing immersed in books means having a classroom with a quantity of
quality books that are available to students. Some sources of books for deaf students who
read considerably below grade level are:
- Pattern books with repetitive language
- Comics and cartoon collections
- Series books
- Popular magazines
- Sophisticated picture books
- High interest-easy reading books
- DemonstrationsModeling literate behavior means teachers reading during sustained
silent reading time, setting aside time for reading aloud/storybook reading, talking with
students about a favorite book or author, engaging students in give-and-take discussions
- EngagementActively being a reader means giving students opportunity and time to
- ExpectationsCommunicating to deaf students their ability to be successful means
consistently offering encouragement, avoiding excessive criticism, and providing
differential praise and criticism.
- ApproximationsRecognizing that learning to read is a gradual, developmental
process and that early attempts are approximations of proficient reading means providing
support and encouragement for efforts and accepting mistakes.
- EmploymentRealizing that opportunity to use and practice reading is essential
means providing ample time with authentic reading material.
- ResponseProviding feedback to support further learning means offering appropriate
praise, scaffolding instruction, and building in opportunities for students to respond to
reading through their own writing, conferencing, and artistic responses.
Barbara R. Schirmer, Ed.D.
Kent State University
Uploaded By: Debbie Slyh/Kent State University/Deaf Education Major