Motivation research indicates that students need to be interested in the subject matter about which they are learning, and this article describes how connecting to place can pique students’ interest in writing and reading tasks. Place-based literacy practices, or those that allow opportunities for students to explore their out-of-school interests in authentic ways, have been shown to engage rural students in literacy learning. This article presents examples of writing projects found in the literature that incorporate an emphasis on place (e.g., photo essays, project-based learning assignments, community interviews). Resources for helping students find books connected to their sense of place are provided.
"Connecting to Place in the Literacy Classroom,"
Virginia English Journal: Vol. 70:
2, Article 3.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.bridgewater.edu/vej/vol70/iss2/3