2018-2019 Graduate Catalog

EDUA 5450 Sustained Silent Reading

Reading is an essential part of all school subjects and one of the most vital life skills with which we can equip children. A silent sustained reading program (SSR) refers to setting aside a quiet, uninterrupted period of time, daily or weekly, in which students choose something to read that is of high interest to them. SSR has many benefits compared to traditional reading instruction.

The well-documented positive outcomes of SSR include: increased reading comprehension and critical thinking skills, enhanced vocabulary and spelling abilities, and, perhaps most significantly, the instillment of a lifelong love of reading. This course helps teachers who already use SSR, as well as those interested in starting, learn how to implement a successful SSR program to motivate, excite, and benefit readers of all levels.