Independent Reading. Elaine Gale, Hunter College & Susan Easterbrooks, Georgia State University. News Flash. Independent Reading = Higher Reading Scores. Why Read?. The more you read, the better you get at it; the better you get at it, the more you like it;
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Elaine Gale, Hunter College & Susan Easterbrooks, Georgia State University
Independent Reading = Higher Reading Scores
The more you read, the better you get at it;
the better you get at it, the more you like it;
and the more you like it, the more you do it.
And the more you read, the more you know;
and the more you know, the smarter you grow.
Uninterrupted Sustained Silent Reading
Daily Interrupted Reading Time
Drop Everything And Read
Sustained Silent Reading
Free Voluntary Reading
of SSR students did as well or better on tests of reading
than students having no SSR time.
IR Research: General Education
International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement report:
children who were read to by their teachers
children who read the most pages for pleasure daily
How many words can one read a year?
1 million words
How many words can one learn a year without direct vocabulary instruction?
1 thousand words
Learn to write and spell better
Gain English language skills
The authorsat in his chair and stared at the clock. The pendulum swung back and forth as the time passed by. He was desperate to think of new ideas for his story, but his mind was a blank. This had never happened to him before, as stories had always flowed easily from his mind, usually so fast that he did not have the time to write them down before they disappeared from consciousness and new ideas took their place. But now he was stuck for inspiration, and his book deadline was approaching with a speed that truly frightened him.
1 unknown word in 100
List C 5414SightAnalysis
Scoring Guide for Graded Word Lists
Independent Instructional Frustration
20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 or less
Older airplanes were moved through the air by the use of propellers. Now, most planes are driven by large jet engines. Some fly faster than sound. The first thing you may notice about a plane is the wings that stick out on either side of its long body. Today jet planes land and take off from major airports every few seconds. People can travel around the word in only a few hours. It often takes travelers longer to retrieve their luggage than to fly to their destination. Planes have been much improved since the Wright brothers first flew in 1903.
What is this passage about? (airplanes; the development of planes through the years)
What kind of engines do most airplanes have today? (jet engines)
How were older planes moved through the air? (propellers)
In what year did the Wright Brothers fly? (1903)
How do you think the Wright Brothers felt after the first flight? Why? (any logical response)
Do you think jet airplanes have changed our lives for the better? Why? (any logical response)
The following URL links to a full quality version video clip: selectbook
Not all students in the same grade read at the same level
Reading level video
The following URL links to a full quality version video clip: reading level
Name ___________________ Date________
Book Read _________________________________
Mark the scale below:
I feel that I thoroughly understood this book
I feel that I don’t understood this book
Why I marked this scale as I did _________________
THINKING ABOUT MY READING
BEFORE READING, DID I
* preview the text
DURING READING, DID I
* stop and think
* change predictions
AFTER READING, DID I
* think back about my predictions?
* summarize in my head?
To improve my reading, I need to: _______________________
Shared Reading Project
Language Experience Activity
Wide range of opportunities to read
Cooperative Learning Groups
Based on Need
Discussion and Collaborative Talk
What do you think?
Books on Video
Books on Disk
Krashen, S. D. (2004). The Power of Reading: Insights from the research. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Pilgreen, J. L. (2000). The SSR Handbook: How to organize and manage a sustained silent reading program. Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann.
Schleper, D. R. SSR? DEAR? USSR? Or DIRT?
No Matter What You Call It, Independent Reading Is for
Everyone.Odyssey, (Fall 2002), 26-28.
Independent Reading = Higher Reading Scores