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Are They Really Reading?: Expanding SSR in the Middle Grades

Are They Really Reading?: Expanding SSR in the Middle Grades (Paperback)

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All too often the poorest readers learn that if they keep quiet during sustained silent reading (SSR), they will go unnoticed - and no reading is required. This is especially true in middle school where class sizes can be larger and instructional emphasis is on content rather than reading. In "Are They Really Reading?, the author discusses how to find out if your students are using SSR time wisely and what to do about it if they're not. This book describes how to support those older readers who need it the most, while embracing a research-proven need to increase independent, self-selected reading time for pupils. With case studies and lessons taken from her own classroom and from her experience as a school-wide reading specialist, the author expands the traditional concepts of SSR to include reading aloud, writing and accountability to support struggling middle school students. Bolstered by this additional support, students will increase their interest and ability in reading. Classroom teachers will appreciate the clear direction on how and why to implement an SSR programme.

Administrators will appreciate the guidance for establishing a school-wide literacy structure that substantially improves student motivation and learning. "Are They Really Reading?" answers the following important questions: Why should I start an SSR programme? 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? And, how do I assess SSR? If you don't currently use a sustained silent reading programme, 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 programme, you will find that this practical and accessible guide is instructionally sound and flexible enough to fit your students' needs.

EducationEducationEducation TheoryEducational strategies & policyLiteracy strategiesEducationEducation TheorySchoolsPrimary & middle schoolsLanguages with Grant & CutlerLearning & Reference By SubjectLanguages with Grant & CutlerLinguistics Publisher: Stenhouse Publishers Publication Date: 01/01/2002 ISBN-13: 9781571103376  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jodi Crum Marshall is a National Board Certified Teacher (Early Adolescence/English Language Arts) who began her teaching career twelve years ago, piloting a literacy-project classroom in Orange County, Florida. She has a bachelor's degree from the University of Florida, a master's degree from the University of Central Florida, and a doctorate from the University of Miami

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