Author Credentials

Sister Mary Anthony Tenaglia, O.S.U.

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Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Reading Specialist)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Marie Colette Roy, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Reading (Middle school); Reading programs; Reading--Sex differences


Since both good and poor readers often select similar book titles and reading topics, there is a need to provide books based on the pupils' interests which vary significantly to accommodate pupils' differing abilities. Because of this existing need, the writer was motivated to examine more closely the reading interests and abilities of adolescents in order to provide criteria for aiding teachers in guiding pupil-selection of free reading materials. The purpose of this study is to determine the availability and attractiveness of books of varied difficulty in the most prominent areas of interest to eighth-grade pupils. The specific objectives forming the basis of the study are: 1) What are the areas of interest to eighth-grade pupils? 2) Which five areas are the most common? 3) Is there a difference between the interests of boys and girls? 4) Are there books in the most common interest areas in a range of difficulty from third to tenth grade? 5) Are these books readable according to formula; are they attractive according to pupil-rating? 6) Does pupil-evaluation reflect a similarity between the reading level of pupils and the difficulty of the book?


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