The introduction of Common Core State Standards has many middle grade school teachers concerned with implementing standards while retaining student reading engagement and motivation strategies. This study analyzes the effectiveness of providing social networking strategies in online book discussion groups on enhancing middle grade student reading engagement and motivation. Additionally, this study reaffirmed that offering students choice of texts fostered more autonomous learning habits. Finally as a result of facilitating these online book discussions, graduate students were able to learn and develop more effective strategies and skills for engaging and motivating middle grade student reading. It is hoped that this study will not only assist middle grade school teachers in providing learning strategies for effectively implementing Common Core Standards but also for teacher education students as a result of direct experience in facilitating online book discussion groups.
Thomas, A. F. (2015). Enhancing Nonfiction Reading Comprehension through Online Book Discussions. Reading Horizons, 54 (2). Retrieved from http://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol54/iss2/4