Horizon Media Center
HORIZON Media center MISSION STATEMENT
6th - 8th GRADERS ARE USING THEIR "NOODLES"
Get in the zone with Sustained Silent Reading
Did you know that the amount of time a student spends reading is "the major predictor of academic success in Reading, Math, AND Science"? In fact, "the top 5 percent of U.S. students read up to 144 times more than those in the bottom 5 percent" (Atwell). In order for students to become "skilled, passionate, habitual, and critical readers", they need to first get in the "reading zone". The "reading zone" is the place readers go when they leave the real world behind and live vicariously in their books. In order for students to truly get in the zone, they have to be completely engaged in what they are reading which requires "silence, absolute silence" - or at least as few distractions as possible. Repeatedly, throughout the school year, all 6th - 8th graders come to the media center with their teachers for that very purpose - to get lost - magically lost - in the reading zone!