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Taking Part in Silent Reading & SSR

Found in: motivating students; reading; reluctant readers; sustained silent reading

I had difficulty with kids not wanting to take part in silent reading or to listen to me read aloud. I tracked down an exciting, age appropriate read-aloud and made sure each time I read, I stopped at a turning point or cliffhanger.

I chose Hatchet by Gary Paulsen. The kids got really into it and there are several books that follow it up (Brian's Winter, The River), and numerous other books by Paulsen. Once I read Hatchet, the kids were excited to check out other Paulsen books to read on their own.

I guess the most important thing for a read-aloud is to pick a high interest book, especially something they can relate to. Humorous books and adventure books seem to work the best.