ARE THEY REALLY READING

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All too often the poorest readers learn that if they keep quiet during sustained silent reading (SSR), they're doing okay—no reading required. This is especially true in middle school where class sizes are large and instructional emphasis is on content rather than reading. In Are They Really Reading?, Jodi Crum Marshall discusses how to find out if your students are using SSR time wisely and what to do about it if they're not. Her book describes how to support middle-grade readers who need it the most, while ...

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Overview

All too often the poorest readers learn that if they keep quiet during sustained silent reading (SSR), they're doing okay—no reading required. This is especially true in middle school where class sizes are large and instructional emphasis is on content rather than reading. In Are They Really Reading?, Jodi Crum Marshall discusses how to find out if your students are using SSR time wisely and what to do about it if they're not. Her book describes how to support middle-grade readers who need it the most, while embracing a research-proven need to increase independent, self-selected reading time for students.

Jodi shares lessons and anecdotes from her classroom and from her experience as a reading specialist implementing her model schoolwide. She expands the traditional concepts of SSR to include read-alouds, writing, and accountability to scaffold struggling middle-grade students. Bolstered by these additional supports, Jodi's students dramatically increased their interest and ability in reading through a program they named Supporting Student Literacy (SSL).

Classroom teachers will appreciate the clear direction on how and why to implement an SSR program. Administrators will appreciate the guidance for establishing a schoolwide literacy block that substantially improves student motivation and learning.

Are They Really Reading? answers the following important questions:

  • Why should I start an SSR program?
  • How do I build a classroom library?
  • Where do I get funding for books and other materials?
  • How do I prepare the students for SSR?
  • How do I motivate students to read?
  • What is the role of the teacher?
  • How do I assess SSR?

If you don't currently use a sustained silent reading program, this book will help you get started on the right track. If you worry that some of your students aren't really reading during SSR or if you want to enhance your program, here is a roadmap that is instructionally sound and flexible enough to fit your students' needs.

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VOYA
In this age of testing and accountability, too many valuable teaching and learning tools are falling by the wayside. Classrooms, especially those beyond the elementary years, have discarded read-aloud and time for sustained silent reading and sustained silent writing, replacing that time with test preparation and other drill/skill activities. Marshall's book reminds educators that SSR is still of value with older students. Her informal tone welcomes readers into her classroom, one in which she seeks to establish a literate environment for her students. Step by step, Marshall outlines the process she used in putting together her approach. She reflects on each stage of the process, indicating what worked and what needed to be tweaked to add to the success of her program Supporting Student Literacy, an approach that combines sustained silent reading, sustained silent writing, and reading aloud. Marshall also includes plenty of research to support her classroom decisions. From Nancie Atwell's In the Middle (Boynton Cook, 1998) to The Read-Aloud Handbook (Penguin, 1982) by Jim Trelease and Stephen Krashen's The Power of Reading (Libraries Unlimited, 1993/VOYA October 1999), the pedagogical basis for reading aloud and sustained reading and writing are here. A well-planned, research-based, and student-friendly practice is key in developing lifetime readers in secondary classrooms. This professional book reminds all of the value of the tried-and-true methods of motivating readers. Marshall's book will be beneficial to educators who want to keep alive these important practices. Biblio. Appendix. 2002, Stenhouse, 166p,
— Teri Lesesne
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571103376
  • Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 184
  • Sales rank: 1,459,314
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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