Independent Reading Project: Creating a Museum of Living Literature

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Independent Reading Project: Creating a Museum of Living Literature

1. Problem Statement



In preparation for the Advanced Placement Literature and Composition exam, high school students must read many kinds of literature during the year-long course to familiarize themselves with different time periods, movements, philosophies, and genres. Advanced Placement students must learn to think critically, and be ready to find, analyze, and express literary connections through written analysis. The biggest challenge of teaching and learning Advanced Placement English is the difficulty covering the entire scope of literature in two semesters. Twentieth century literature often gets neglected. The pace of the curriculum can also limit
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There is some ethnic diversity. Most of the students are Catholic. Most of these students could be considered �gifted�. They all have above average intelligence and possess a variety of skills, talents, interests, and learning styles as one would expect to find in any group of teenagers. These students are highly motivated to succeed when they are challenged. They are college bound. Some of them will be attending the top universities of our country.



3. Theory Proposed As Solution



I have designed a project-based activity that takes advantage of the six Cs of motivation.



4. Explanation of the Theory



Motivation is essential to encourage students to go beyond simple declarative knowledge. If one of the goals of education is to develop higher order thinking, educators must engage students minds through multiple and challenging opportunities that encourage deeper understanding of curricular content (Blumenfield 1991). One way to foster this deeper understanding is to integrate motivational strategies into instructional design. The six C�s of motivation (Turner 1995) are strategies to enhance students� motivation to learn. They are:

Choice

Choice is a powerful motivator in education (Turner 1995). When students are given the freedom to choose what interests them, they become more engaged in their learning. They will take more personal responsibility in what they are learning. This lesson design allows…