Choosing Novels for Silent Sustained Reading

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How do your students select novels to read? Does your school implement Silent Sustained Reading? If not, you may want to consider changing your reading instruction. Kelly Gallagher, author of Readicide, has contended that many schools are unwittingly killing the love of reading.

However, secondary teachers and literacy coaches have the power to change the decline in reading and can impart their own joy of reading with specific steps. This easy activity helps your students choose appropriate novels for independent reading. Great to use at the beginning of the school year, this activity uses a strategy called IRA in which students evaluate their book choices by interest, readability, and appropriateness. Furthermore, this activity meets the expectations of CCSS ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.10.

After students read their selected novels, have them complete their own "Tease to Reads." This eight page product includes procedures, teacher notes and considerations for grading, activity handout, a sample “tease to read,” student guide, and book record. In the model, students are enticed to read The Cellist of Sarajevo by Canadian author Steven Galloway.

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