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Creating a successful sustained silent reading program

This Prezi highlights key factors in successful SSR programs.
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Transcript of Creating a successful sustained silent reading program

Successful
Skeeters
Read:

Why SSR?
Increases reading comprehension
Increases love of reading
Improves vocabulary & writing skills
Builds background knowledge

Improved vocabulary & writing skills
Goal of SSR:
To create lifelong readers!
Successful SSR Time Must Include:
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2. Appeal
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3. Modeling

Teachers must read, too! Lead by example and model that SSR is important!
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(5) Staff Training
You must have teacher buy-in
if the program is to be successful.

They must understand...
5. It's so EASY!!
SSR Time at MHS will produce positive results:
Reading and Writing are CONNECTED. Better Readers = Better Writers!
We want to build a firm foundation for this initiative, so we will start at the beginning of the 2nd 6 weeks.
Phase I: (Today)
Teacher Buy-in
& Feedback
Phase 2:
(during 1st 6 weeks) Marketing & Access
We envision EVERY class having SSR time for 15 minutes each day in 3rd period starting the 2nd 6 wks.
What Period?
Assessment
How do we know it had an impact?
You can assess and still have non-accountability.
Use SurveyMonkey to conduct a free, informal survey - before, during, and after the first year.
Leverage the formal testing already conducted to measure changes in reading comprehension.
Get teachers, students, and parents involved in the process, and you're sure to see results!
Research:
Pilgreen, Janice L. The SSR Handbook: How to Organize and Manage a Sustained Silent Reading Program. Portsmouth, NH: Boynton/Cook Publishers, 2000.
Ross, Catherine Sheldrick, Lynne McKechnie, and Paulette M. Rothbauer. Reading Matters: What the Research Reveals About Reading, Libraries, and Community. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.
Krashen, Stephen D. The Power of Reading: Insights from the Research. Westport, Conn: Libraries Unlimited, 2004.
Creating a Culture of Reading at MHS

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"A school's objective should be to create lifetime readers--graduates who continue to read & educate themselves throughout their adult lives...
But the reality is that we create schooltime readers--graduates who know how to read well enough to graduate...
At that point the majority take a silent vow: if I never read another book, it'll be too soon."

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"A school's objective should
be to create lifetime readers--graduates who continue to
read and educate themselves
throughout their adult lives...

But the reality is that we create schooltime readers--graduates who know how to read well enough to graduate...
At that point the majority
take a silent vow: if I never
read another book, it'll be
too soon."

Jim Trelease,
The Read-Aloud Handbook
The MHS Library will play a huge part in providing access to resources for students & teachers.
1. Access
We must provide access to materials
that kids WANT to read.



This is the time to let them read what they want!DON'T JUDGE!
We must honor student CHOICE!
Comics & graphic novels
Magazines
Newspapers
e-books
websites
social media sites
email
Not appropriate Reading During SSR Time:
We might be the only
adults that our students
see reading.
4. Time
15 minutes EVERY Day
"Simply providing TIME to read results in MORE reading."
-Stephen Krashen
No quizzes
No questions
No Reading Logs
No Grades

Just READ!

We want students to experience
REAL LIFE READING. To read for
the sake of reading...
for FUN!

That's it.
Our primary goal is to create a reading HABIT in our students, but this will also make them BETTER READERS; therefore, it WILL help them perform better on tests.
In 38 of 41 studies, students given SSR
time did as well as or better in reading
comprehension tests than students
given skill-based reading instruction.
The longer SSR is practiced, the more
consistent the results.
Kids who do the most recreational reading become the best readers.
--Kelly Gallagher, Readicide
"We have 100 percent interest in kindergarten but lose 78 percent of or potential lifetime readers by senior year. Any business that kept losing that much of its customer base would be in bankruptcy."
--Jim Trelease
When will we start this?
Phase 3:
(Sept. 23)
Present a detailed plan
We will use Survey Monkey to collect feedback throughout this process. Watch for emails from Sharon, Amianne, & Renee so that we can work as a team to make SSR time a success!
Gallagher, Kelly. Readicide: How Schools are Killing Reading and What You Can Do About It. Portland,
Maine: Stenhouse Publishers, 2009.
Trelease, Jim. The Read-Aloud Handbook. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 2006.

SSR Time:
We ALL must OWN IT because it's what is best for our students!
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