Mustang Literacy Lab

Sustained Silent Reading (SSR)

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Why?

"The theory behind sustained silent reading is that if students read more and enjoy it more, they will become better readers, the same theory that drives the basketball player to stand at the free-throw line after practice each day and shoot 100 free throws. By the end of the season, he will be a better shooter, whether he has direct instruction or not. While practicing shooting, he will apply what he learns each day to the next day's practice. Readers are the same. As they read each day, they encounter new words, usage, sentence structures, and ideas. Each day adds to their total experience and makes the next day better. With increased practice, reading becomes easier and—this is important—more enjoyable. Like the basketball player and his team, readers in SSR classrooms share the reading experience with their classmates and teacher. They talk about their books, trade recommendations, and see fellow students and at least one adult engaged in the reading process." http://www.ascd.org/publications/books/105027/chapters/Creating-Lifelong-Readers.aspx

SSR Features

*Students are allowed to read material of their choice

*SSR time should be silent and uninterrupted. You can use a timer so that students will not be distracted by keeping track of when SSR will end. This is a great online timer you can use.

*SSR reading should be purely for enjoyment. Students should not be assessed or evaluated on what they read. However, there are activities that do engage students after SSR (book sharing, discussion).

*It is crucial that teachers participate in the process as role models demonstrating a lifelong love of reading.

"How do I fit one more thing into the day?"

The more students read, the more their reading skills improve and their vocabulary grows. Content area standards are filled with literacy based demands to describe, analyze, discuss and synthesize content; reading has a significant correlation with success in school and the workplace.

Reading is not "one more thing", it is the "thing"!

Triton's 2014-2015 SSR Dates

October 21st (2nd Period)

December 16th (3rd Period)

January 13th (4th Period)

February 24th (5th Period)

March 31st (6th Period)

April 21st (7th Period)

June 9th (8th Period)