1. Interview a student and use one of the reading attitude or interest surveys found in Appendix C (or develop your own set of questions to ask). Analyze the results to draw some conclusions about the student’s level of motivation. Then, if possible, observe this student within the classroom setting. Do the survey results match the student’s actions?
2. Complete for yourself a chart similar to the one Mr. Fortier made with his students in the chapter’s opening scenario. Then complete a similar chart with a group of students. Have a discussion with them on why it is important to be literate in today’s world.
3. View a sitcom that is popular with your students. Analyze the program for how various groups of people are portrayed. Identify any stereotypes presented. Then plan a lesson that will help your students critically analyze television’s influence on personal and societal values.