Currently, I am observing in an 8th grade language arts class, where the students I work with like to do the bare minimum to get by in school. The teacher has concerns that the students' reading is not self-motivated. To address this problem, the teacher and I would like to see an independent reading plan be required for the students. The surveys I have developed will ask students, before and after they are reading independently, how prepared they feel for class each day. Also, I will be interviewing the teacher to hear her opinions about the positive and negative aspects of "making" students read independently.
Appold, Elise and Gillispie, Del, "The Use of Independent Reading in the Middle School Classroom" (2011). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 33.