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ERIC Number: ED509049
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 160
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4166-0226-2
Building Student Literacy through Sustained Silent Reading
Gardiner, Steve
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Find out how a simple and inexpensive program of sustained silent reading--where students read independently during class time--can be a sure-fire way to improve student vocabulary development, literacy skills, and background knowledge. Teacher-author Steve Gardiner updates you on the research studies that validate sustained silent reading as a successful way to help build the literacy skills of students at all ability levels, including English as a Second Language (ESL) students. With lots of classroom anecdotes, practical tips, and testimony from students, parents, and fellow teachers, this book gives you all the ideas and advice you need to get started: (1) Why sustained silent reading belongs in a high-stakes testing school environment; (2) What students should read and how much time to allocate for reading; (3) How a sustained silent reading program promotes five essential reading skills; (4) Ways to make students accountable for what they read without adding to your paperwork; (5) Steps to starting and running a sustained silent reading program; (6) Tips for helping students who are struggling with sustained silent reading; and (7) Ideas for connecting sustained silent reading to teaching writing.
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development