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ERIC Number: EJ1059676
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
A Review of Students' Text Selections in Sustained Silent Reading
French, Michael P.; Rumschlag, Karen
Language and Literacy Spectrum, v14 p62-70 Spr 2004
The purpose of the present investigation was to sample the range of texts selected by 21 students in sustained silent reading in a single fourth-grade classroom. Using a sampling technique developed by French and Foster (1992), single pages from sampled texts were evaluated. The evaluation found that most students were reading fiction (n = 14), with some reading information texts (n = 4) and comic anthologies (n = 3). We found the range of reading levels spanned the grade levels from 1.3 to 11.5. Further analysis indicated boys and girls were distributed evenly across all categories. However, we also identified that the students, especially girls, did not read books commensurate with their levels of reading ability. Implications for classroom implementation of sustained silent reading are offered.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Flesch Kincaid Grade Level Formula; Gates MacGinitie Reading Tests