The Power of Reading: Enhanced SSR. An Opportunity to Make a Positive Impact on Your Future Academic and Personal Success. “The man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who cannot read them.” Mark Twain. Questions You Might Have. What is Enhanced SSR?
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An Opportunity to Make a Positive Impact on Your Future Academic and Personal Success
SSR is a reading intervention strategy used in schools all over the nation.
You will earn a grade for your effort: A, B, F present a mini-lesson that will show you how to apply a particular reading strategy.
You will receive ½ unit credit in reading on your transcript. This grade will be part of your cumulative GPA.
I have no time to dream a dream
Or think a splendid thought,
Or visit with King Arthur
In the land of Camelot.
I’ve classified one-hundred bugs, present a mini-lesson that will show you how to apply a particular reading strategy.
And learned mitosis phases,
While wishing that my lab book
Had a story to its pages.
I could travel to another time present a mini-lesson that will show you how to apply a particular reading strategy.
With Huck Finn on his raft.
Or read a poem by Silverstein
That really makes me laugh.
Instead I fill in X’s and O’s, present a mini-lesson that will show you how to apply a particular reading strategy.
A never-ending chore.
How I long to be with Gulliver
On a strange and distant shore!
Nouns, pronouns, irregular verbs present a mini-lesson that will show you how to apply a particular reading strategy.
Are sad and dull and stale,
Unless they’re fired with the spark
Of a mighty, wondrous tale.
Adaptation of poem from an unknown author
Ask any sports coach, the band director, the speech coach, the key-boarding teacher, a dance teacher, or a chess champion, “What do I do to be good?”
Of the students who took both the 2001 Nelson- markedly higher achievement.
Denny Test and the 2003 Nelson-Denny Test,
83% improved their reading scores.
It makes you a better reader.
It improves your spelling. markedly higher achievement.
It improves your vocabulary. markedly higher achievement.
Students learn an average of 45 words with each novel they read.
Word meaning is picked up 10 times faster by reading than intensive vocabulary instruction.
It improves your writing. markedly higher achievement.
Research shows that both style and complexity of sentence structure is increased as the amount of reading increases.
The Most Important Benefits from Silent Reading Practice Have Nothing to Do with Research.
“What we become depends on what we read after all of the professors have finished with us. The greatest university of all is a collection of books.” Thomas Carlyle
Richard Peck may provide the best answer for why you should want to improve your ability to read in his poem entitled “I Read.”
I READ because one life isn’t enough, and in the pages of a book I can be anybody.
I READ because the words that build the story become mine to build my life.
I READ not for happy endings but for new beginnings; I’m just beginning myself, and I wouldn’t want a map.
I READ because I have friends who don’t, and young though they are, they’re beginning to run out of material.
I READ because every journey begins at the library and it’s time for me to start packing.
I READ because one of these days I’m going to get out of this town, and I’m going to go everywhere and meet everybody--and I want to be ready.