Here is your essay on motivating pupils’ to read history!
In the beginning of the year, minimum amount of supplementary reading should be fixed by the teacher for each pupil. It may be different for different classes, according to their standard.
Even in the case of bright students and poor readers, lists of different types of books, both fiction and non-fiction particularly related with history, should be prepared by the teacher in consultation with the librarian.
These lists should be provided to all pupils and they may be asked to read the required number of books, out of which no more than half may be fiction.
To motivate pupils to read, the teacher should set apart some marks in his subject for supplementary reading of this type. They may be added to the total number of marks, the child receives in history at the end of the session. In this way the pupils will definitely be motivated to read.
Moreover, at the time of periodical or monthly tests, at least one compulsory question out of supplementary readers with adequate choice for different categories of pupils should be given in the question paper. Such a programme should, however, be made known to pupils beforehand.
Further, the teacher while teaching a certain unit about a particular period in history should bring with him such books as contain interesting accounts of living conditions prevailing in those periods and read out a few paragraphs in the class from those books.
He should, also give to his pupils the names of the books, the names of the authors and those of their publishers and ask them to collect material there from, connected with the unit, under study. After a day or two he may ask a pupils who has gone through a certain book and prepared reports and notes, to stand up and read out what he has collected, pertaining to the lesson in hand. In this way, pupils can be motivated to read library books.
Pupils may be asked to collect form different writers, the different views upon a single topic. This is very important because instead of relying upon only one source, the pupils are encouraged to draw upon several sources of information.
This is perhaps the most valuable lesson that can be learned in the library.