Ways to Encourage Students to Read Books in the Age of Twitter

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The pen is mightier than the sword, and it always has been.

With the importance of having a high literacy rate among youths in mind, governments are investing in programs that promote reading. As the global youth literacy rate continues to thrive at 93 percent according to UNICEF, teachers will have to see to it that the number is maintained by encouraging students to take up a book and read.

No doubt, encouraging students to pursue reading is difficult in the age of YouTube and Instagram. With the advent of social media and the age of adoption and exposure to it becomes increasingly younger, educators will have to look for ways to teach their students that reading a book opens up various opportunities later on.

You can always learn a thing or two from a 140-character tweet. But imagine the knowledge you get from reading a novel of at least 500,000 characters! That and the following five tips can help you improve your students’ appreciation for books.

Relate a story to a recent event

Young people are updated on the latest news they pick up from their Facebook newsfeeds. And the fact that they react, comment or share articles and links about the most controversial social and political issues says a whole lot about their desire to get involved.

Who says the present generation is indifferent to the world around them? They are probably more aware than most politicians, whether the issues involve race, gender discrimination, or economic inequality.

In this sense, you can help them sharpen their opinions about these issues by letting them read timely and relevant selections like To Kill a Mockingbird.

Talk about the value of books in debate

Young as they are, your students may possess opinions that challenge the status quo. Being exposed to a rapid and seamless transfer of information, your students are willing to participate in arguments that go against their ideas. It makes for great practice not only for future lawyers but future intellectuals as well.

To further hone their persuasive skills, you can recommend thought-provoking books that will impact the way they think about the world. You can also tell them that there’s a lot more they can get from reading books. Click here to know how powerful books can be in shaping minds and society in general.

Talk about stories to prove a point

Whatever subject you handle, you are sure to find a novel, short story or poem that goes along with the topic of your lesson. For instance, when you are an engineering teacher, you can lift portions from Ayn Rand’s The Fountainhead to illustrate an idea about architectural integrity.

Make reading omnipresent

If you are a preschool teacher, you are basically at an advantage since it is easier to encourage kids to read starting from a very young age. For that, you can maintain a mini library in the classroom and store picture books that are within reach. You can also include a daily story-time session where you have a student pick out a story and try to read it in front of the class. For older students, you can always make use of brainstorming sessions in English class where they can guess what happens next in a certain story.

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