The SSR Handbook by Jan Pilgreen. How to Organize and Manage a Sustained
The SSR Handbook

The SSR Handbook

How to Organize and Manage a Sustained Silent Reading Program

By Jan Pilgreen
Foreword by Stephen D Krashen

    Altogether, this is a thoroughly researched, well-organized, and highly readable book.
    —Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
It comes as no surprise that the students who read often are the students who read well. How, then, can we get the rest of our students reading? Is it enough to set aside in-class time for sustained silent reading? Or should we set up a more structured program—one that ensures all of our students are engaged in their reading and that they do so on a regular basis for the pleasure of it?

Janice Pilgreen knows from hard-won experience that it takes a lot of time, effort,...

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Full Description

    Altogether, this is a thoroughly researched, well-organized, and highly readable book.
    —Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy
It comes as no surprise that the students who read often are the students who read well. How, then, can we get the rest of our students reading? Is it enough to set aside in-class time for sustained silent reading? Or should we set up a more structured program—one that ensures all of our students are engaged in their reading and that they do so on a regular basis for the pleasure of it?

Janice Pilgreen knows from hard-won experience that it takes a lot of time, effort, and know-how to put an effective sustained silent reading program into practice. In The SSR Handbook, she’s done most of the work for you, not only providing an overview of the underlying research, but also reviewing eight essential factors that ensure a program’s success. Pilgreen explicitly identifies these factors, then explains in detail how to incorporate them into your own program. The book also features lots of resources to help you implement your program, including support organizations, book clubs, classroom magazine subscription titles/addresses, favorite young adult series books within various genres, comic book titles, lower-level reading books for adolescents, and publishing company names, addresses, and phone numbers. Best of all, there are reproducible student and parent inventories, reading records, and other forms to assist you with the process.

Readers will come away from this book with an understanding of what SSR is, why it’s important, and how to implement it in their own schools and classrooms. Just as important, they will be motivated and energized enough to want to develop new programs or modify existing programs right away.

Contents

Contents:
1. SSR: Its Roots and Rationale 2. The Eight SSR Factors for Success 3. Piloting a "Stacked for Success" Program 4. Design and Description of the Formal Study 5. Recommendations for Realistic SSR Implementation 6. Problems, Perspectives, and Places to Go Appendixes: A. Studies Used in the SSR Analysis B. Results of 32 Free Reading Programs C. Percentages of Experimental Groups That Included the Identified Factors for Each Category of Success D. Pilot Student Questionnaire E. Pilot Study Results F. Interest Inventory G. Outside Pleasure Reading Form H. Reading Record I. Reading Responses J. Student Pretest and Posttest Questionnaires K. Pretest, Posttest, and Gain Score Means and Standard Deviations L. Reader's Survey M. Parent Survey N. School Year Reading Log