Daily Responsibilities:

  • Reading newspapers/magazines? After 9:05. BECAUSE (as stated by Steve Gardiner in "A Skill for Life") "Although newspapers and magazines make for interesting reading, books are, well, sustained. . ."

  • Reading Log Use this log to track the reading you do in class. If you read more than one thing during class (for example: you read 10 pages of a book, but you also read the Union, use multiple lines to correctly identify how you spent class time reading)

  • "Ticket Out" periodically I will present some kind of prompt (or some options) that you will need to respond to.


Tuesday 11/27/07

What good readers look like:

According to Valley sophomores, good readers. . .
Read a lot
Carry a book w/ them
Take time to read different kinds of books
Understand what they read
Put themselves in character roles
Discuss what they read with peers
Read in free time
Read "whatever" kind of book
Read 2 books at a time

As articulated by "Reading Strategies"

Good readers. . .
Have strategies to use when encountering new words.
Think ahead to what might be coming.
Create images of what is being read.
Use textual cues, visual and text organization to understand what is read.
Connect new knowledge to make meaning.
Continually evaluate your own understanding of what is read.
Periodically summarize what is read.
Have a plan for how to approach the reading task.

As identified by Steve Gardiner in his article "A Skill for Life"

Successful readers , , ,
Sometimes read more than one book at a time.
May quit reading a book if they chose.
Sometimes reread part or all of a book.
Sometimes enjoy sharing things they've read with others, and sometimes enjoy keeping things they've read to themselves.
Plan to have a book along when there might be waiting time.
Value the freedom to read whatever book they want to read at a given time.

Tuesday 11/20/07

Q: Why SSR? What's the point?

Assignment: By the end of class Monday
  1. Read one of the articles below (articles from EBSCO, user name: keystone 149, password: keystone), print the article, make notes/highlight/etc as you read
  2. Visit my blog and post a comment in response to my instructions. Remember on the blog identify yourself w/ first name, last initial.

  • A Skill for Life. By: Gardiner, Steve. Educational Leadership, Oct2005, Vol. 63 Issue 2, p67-70
Presents information about sustained silent reading (SSR). SSR gives students a chance to center their minds for what comes next; Question on the effectiveness of SSR; Conclusion that SSR can improve students' vocabulary, comprehension, and motivation
  • Ten Minutes a Day for Silent Reading. By: Gardiner, Steve. Educational Leadership, Oct2001, Vol. 59 Issue 2, p32,
Provides information on silent reading programs in the United States. Discussion on sustained silent reading programs; Primary goal of silent reading programs; Reactions of students toward the silent reading program.