College of Education

Date of Award

Spring 5-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Jeannie Hurst, Ph.D.

Second Advisor

Roy Hurst, Ph.D.

Third Advisor

Yolanda Salgado, Ph.D.


This study investigates whether the use of booktalking presentations enhanced adolescent students’ motivation when conducted in a sixth grade departmentalized classroom setting. This research study was ongoing for one semester and conducted at a private school in the Permian Basin. Reading builds literacy. As literacy expands, so does language and conceptual development until reading becomes the instrument of empowerment and opportunity. An appreciation for books, along with a desire to read should be supported by teachers (Blass, 2002). The results from this qualitative study indicated that booktalking is an effective motivation tactic for struggling, reluctant and motivated readers.



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