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I would love to have some suggestions to help motivate completely unmotivated students.thanks  I would love to have some suggestions to help motivate completely unmotivated students. thanks  

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I am not an English teacher, but I teach a reading/discussion course in science ethics, and I have run into the same kinds of problems; students complain that a reading assignment is too long, too boring, or too hard; they don't write well and hence don't want to write at all, so the never improve their writing.

One thing that I did that was successful with a reluctant group was blogging. I set up a blog and I posted links to three or four short news pieces that each touched on a different science ethics issue. For each piece I asked a open-ended question about the topic, and I assigned students to blog their responses to my questions and to each other. It worked well, as everyone had a voice in the discussion. Since they were on the internet, they were doing the readings and writings without realizing that they were doing them!

Another thing I have seen English teachers do is incorporate the student's favorite technologies. For instance, imagine that Romeo and Juliet had been able to...

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