Building Student Literacy Through Sustained Silent Reading by Steve Gardiner

By Steve Gardiner

Building pupil Literacy via Sustained Silent Reading deals a realistic answer for academics who are looking to enhance scholars’ examining skill: enable scholars decide on what they learn and provides them the time to learn it.

For 27 years, instructor Steve Gardiner has used the sustained silent examining (SSR) application in his English periods to aid scholars of all talents and backgrounds enhance their literacy. With vigorous anecdotes and clean candor, Gardiner stocks his experiences--the hindrances he confronted and the successes he achieved--to exhibit how examining quarter-hour every one category interval might help scholars realize their very own skills and improve enduring examining behavior.

Gardiner additionally explores study either for and opposed to SSR in addition to reactions from different academics, scholars, and directors to ascertain the program’s impact on literacy--from examining talent to vocabulary and spelling talents, from content material comprehension to writing. He demonstrates how lecturers can adapt SSR for his or her periods’ distinct wishes with out interfering with mandated curriculum or lesson plans.

In an atmosphere the place interpreting is a vital a part of all matters, Building scholar Literacy via Sustained Silent Reading exhibits how an easy and cheap software can't purely aid scholars in achieving better luck at school, yet provide them a important, lifelong gift—the pleasure of reading.

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I learned to follow World Cup soccer scores, the progress of the Peruvian national women’s volleyball team, local authors’ book signings, and a host of other events and issues that were the topics of daily conversations. By then, every person I met was my language teacher. I talked with taxi drivers, shopkeepers, and people on the street. My time in Lima was immediately more enjoyable. The second experience occurred on a trip to Kiev, Ukraine. My wife, Peggy, and I were walking near the central plaza when we met Oleg.

Even if I can provide 200, 500, or even 1,000 books, I still won’t have the book that explains how to replace brake shoes on a car or that re-creates the life of the latest Academy Award– winning actress. I could never meet all the reading needs, interests, or ability levels in my classroom, but I can help them take responsibility and find books they need. Although I don’t have a classroom library, I do provide multiple paths of access to books. Students may bring them from home, buy them, borrow them from friends, or utilize the excellent human and literary resources of the school library to find books.

Also, the class found the first three or four book reports engaging, but after that, their attention waned, and few students listened to the remaining reports. At approximately five minutes each, oral book reports for an entire class use about three class periods, time that can’t be used for SSR or core curriculum lessons. Done twice each semester, 12 days would be used during the school year for reports that few students heard. As I struggled with the idea of accountability for silent reading books, I combined book report styles.

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