Sustained Silent Reading

Students Picking their own Books

In the article "Why Sustained Silent Reading Doesn't Work" it is said that students picking their own books is a problem. The reasoning is that they may pick books that are too hard for them or too easy.

An Easy Fix

The problem stated by "Why Sustained Silent Reading Doesn't Work" is easily fixed. The teacher can monitor what the students are reading and make sure that they are choosing a book that is on their level by arranging the books around the classroom by their Lexil Level. Each student would know their Lexil level and know which section they can pick books from. This allows them to still pick the book they want to read, and also prevents them from picking a book that is not the correct level for the student.