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Doris Powers

Doris Powers


International Literacy Association (ILA)

National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)



Pennsauken, NJ

"Creativity is the key to hooking students to the joys of reading."

Doris Powers's Story
Creativity is the Key to Hook Reluctant Readers

As a teacher who works with high school students that struggle with reading, there have been times in my classroom when I have felt disappointed with a lesson.  However, lucky for me, I have found many valuable and successful strategies, by utilizing ReadWriteThink.org.  One lesson I particularly like is “Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover” by Cassandra Love, where she provides a creative alternative to the book report.  Students are given the opportunity to exhibit their ability to comprehend, interpret, and appreciate text.  I believe that we need to hook reluctant readers with the joys of reading by implementing creative strategies based on their interests. This lesson includes a very good list of questions that guide analysis, and I also made an interactive Venn Diagram so my students could move the qualities of the characters into the circles that are different and the qualities that are similar.  This is just one of the many creative ReadWriteThink lessons I have implemented.

I will continue to use this site and recommend it to others, as I have enjoyed being inspired by many of the strategies I have found with ReadWriteThink.org!


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Improve Comprehension: A Word Game Using Root Words and Affixes

Students study common root words and affixes, improve their comprehension and spelling, and make a card game in which they form words with a prefix, root word, and suffix.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Recurring Lesson

Flip-a-Chip: Examining Affixes and Roots to Build Vocabulary

Do your students detest having to define vocabulary words? Don"t confine them to worksheets—turn the study of affixes and roots into a hands-on contest to create context-rich vocabulary puzzles.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Minilesson

STAR Search: How Do I Find the Book I Need?

Students become familiar with STAR Search, which provides a set of steps and thinking processes for intermediate students to use in finding library resources relevant to a specific information need.


Grades   6 – 8  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Book Report Alternative: Hooking a Reader with a Book Cover

Students select a book to read based only on its cover art. After reading the book, they use an interactive tool to create a new cover for it.