Sustained Silent Reading is a concept developed and implemented by Hunt' (2) and McCracken (3) that has as a fundamental goal the development of proficient readers. Educators in their conscientious efforts to provide direct reading instruction are over-teaching. Because reading is a skill, practice is necessary in order to develop reading proficiency. Sustained Silent Reading (SSR) provides opportunity for the much-needed practice by allowing readers to sustain themselves without interruption in silent reading periods of half an hour or more.
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