Monday, May 18, 2009

Topic: SSR--Sustained Silent Reading

10-second review: Alternative to the usual SSR, 15 minutes of random reading in anything the children choose to read.

Title: ‘The Benefits of Sustained Silent Reading: Scientific Research and Common Sense Converge.” EM Garan and G DeVoogd. Reading Teacher (December 2008/January 2009), 336-344. A publication of the International Reading Association (IRA).

Summary: Typically, students just read for fifteen minutes when they engage in Sustained Silent Reading (SSR). The activity builds the habit of reading. Sometimes teachers require a one- or two-sentence summary of what the students have read. Another alternative is to have students sample every literary genre—novel, short story, poems, plays and nonfiction.

Comments: To add to these ideas, I might have students learn how to preview chapters, magazine articles, nonfiction, short stories and novels. Such alternatives give a useful purpose for the reading beyond just developing the habit, which is reason enough.

1 comment:

  1. The key to effective SSR is to properly match reading levels of the text to reading levels of the student, while maintaining some semblance of student choice.

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