Sustained Silent Reading

SSR Actually Does Work!

Essentially, SSR is based upon these assumptions:

  • Reading is a skill which improves with practice.
  • Students should be allowed to select their own books to read.
  • SSR should not include instructional accountability.
  • SSR is best accomplished within the classroom with the teacher as a silent reading model.

There is always enough time to read in class, especially in an elementary classroom.

Students can:

1. Read if they finish a test or quiz early.

2. Read during library time during specials.

3. Read during different subjects if the teacher implements them.

An example of a way to help teachers keep children reading is through a technique called "Popsicle Sticks." This is where teachers write a series of evaluative and text-dependent questions on popsicle sticks and place them in a cup. Each week, the students must read a book, whether they read at home or in class because they will have to answer questions. Each student will have to grab five sticks,at random, and answer the questions on a piece of paper. They will need to include their name, the name of the book, the questions, and the answers. The students will have the motivation to read because they know at the end of the week they will have to answer questions about the book.

In conclusion, there are many different ways SSR can be implemented into the classroom. There is no reason why silent reading should not be included in a elementary classroom.

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