Monday, May 16, 2011

Motivating Students to Read!

Motivating Boys and Girls to Read!

In an age of hyper invasive media, how do you motivate your kids to read?

Harry Potter, The Golden Compass, and The Dangerous Book For Boys will get many kids inspired and hooked on books but others need a stronger inducement. Boys are the hardest to get excited about reading yet all students are intrigued when I bring out my collection of RPG books. The role playing games are all played in the imagination of the kids. The games encompass a vast range of interest, science fiction, historical, fantasy, and my favorite Dungeons & Dragons reminiscent of Lord of the Rings. The books scream to be read and savored as precious objects. Students that have taken no interest in reading or books will transform into arcane erudite scholars to glean the meaning from the pages.
     More on RPG games and books, "A role-playing game (RPG) is a game in which players assume the roles of characters in a fictional setting. Players take responsibility for acting out these roles within a narrative, either through literal acting, or through a process of structured decision-making or character development. Actions taken within the game succeed or fail according to a formal system of rules and guidelines.
     There are several forms of RPG. The original form, sometimes called the pen-and-paper RPG, is conducted through discussion, whereas in live action role-playing games (LARP) players physically perform their characters' actions. In both of these forms, an arranger called a game master (GM) usually decides on the rules and setting to be used and acts as referee, while each of the other players plays the role of a single character." Wiki
 
Games are a fun way to reach and motivate struggling readers.
Links to game rules I use with my students

Magic the Gathering Rules Fantasy
Axis & Allies: D-Day (8.6 MB) History
Axis & Allies: Pacific (3.2 MB) History
Diplomacy Rulebook -- 2008 Edition (4.1 MB) Social Studies
Battle Cry (3.8 MB) Civil War History
Risk 2210 A.D. (4.1 MB) Science Fiction 
Cosmic Encounter (1.5 MB) Science Fiction
Dungeons and Dragons 4th Edition Rules 


More games  to come!

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