Using the Branching Story Approach to Motivate Students’ Interest in Reading



This action research was to answer the pedagogical question: How effective can a branching story approach be as a motivational tool for elementary reading instruction? A branching story was created with hyperlinks built into a Powerpoint story. The young readers could interact with options at different turning points of the story, which activated the readers’ curiosity, and promoted their decision making and thinking skills. The study was carried out in an all girl school, Saudi Arabia. A class of 20 fourth-graders participated in the study. For data collection and analyses, the students were assigned into four groups based on their previous reading achievements and interests. Students’ responses to comprehension questions were tabulated. The unit-end survey results were analyzed. A majority of the participating students overwhelmingly enjoyed the experience. They were motivated to achieve the project goals sooner than planned. Kinesthetic learners demonstrated their academic potentials well beyond their performance under the traditional reading instruction.


Branching Story, Narrative Reading, Multimedia Technology, Reading Instruction

Paper Details

Paper Details
Topic Environmental Education
Pages 463 - 477
Issue IEJEE, Volume 6, Issue 3
Date of acceptance 01 July 2014
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Imam Mohammed bin Saud University, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia

Jane LIU

Eastern Washington University, USA, United States


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