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Jessica Schmitz - Librarian

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April 14-20, 2013 National Library Week

. E E D T O R E A D.. W H Y W RE N S M E J / S H E J at SS

Revisiting the research about recreational reading and test scores...

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April.

SS R: A good st a r t t h a t w e ne e d t o c o nt i nue and b ui l d u pon eading in school may not be every students favorite thing to do. We have had some struggles this year getting students to read in SSR, but we need to remember that it is everyone’s job in the school to encourage learning, and that means encouraging reading. Modeling the behavior is one of the best ways to do this. Remember, we have just begun this initiative and it can only get better from here as we learn how we can make it better. One thing I have found is that one day is not enough time. If that is the only time in the week a student reads for fun, it is not enough. Instead of giving study hall time to students on a Friday (or a Tuesday or Thursday where they are not being requested), make it mandatory for students to continue to read in their SSR books. And if you have a difficult student who says they can’t find something to read please send me his/her name and I’ll help him/her find a book that they will enjoy. Sometimes it’s just about getting the right book into the


students’ hands. I hope we can continue to work to make the SSR initiative a success. As the Librarian and an English teacher, it is one of my jobs to encourage and support reading. But we need to also remember that the Common Core Reading and Writing standards are also specific for teachers of History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects. You can find these standards at One thing we can all do to help students read better is to supply them with time to do so. Revisiting the Data: There is a strong correlation between time spent reading and performance on standardized tests. Those in the 98% read 90.7 minutes per day and read an estimated 4,733,ooo words per year. Those in the 50% rank read 12.9 minutes per day and read an estimated 601,000 words per year (Gallagher 2009). Students in the top five percent of national reading scores read 114 times

more tan students in the bottom five percent (Dougherty). Students who read the most for fun scored higher on standardized reading AND writing tests (Gallagher 2009). Only 16% of adults are “frequent” or “avid” readers of literary texts (Gallagher 2009). This means the only modeling of reading for fun that our students might get is from us. SSR is much more than “just letting kids read”; “it is setting aside time to make sure that students have a chance to read, providing access to good books, and doing things that encourage reading” (Dougherty). Works Cited: Dougherty, G.  (N/A).  Creating  a  successful          SSR  program  in  a  high  school  classroom.          Retrieved  from education/JTIR/volumeII/ dougherty.pdf   Gallagher,  K.  (2009).  Readicide.  Portland,   Maine:  Stenhouse  Publishers.

B oo k s y o u m i g ht e njo y i n o ur l i b r ar y Tell the Wolves I’m Home

Quiet: the power of introverts in a world that can’t stop talking Susan Cain At least one-third of the people we know are introverts. They are the ones who prefer listening to speaking, reading to partying; who innovate and create but dislike selfpromotion; who favor working on their own over brainstorming in teams. Although they are often labeled "quiet," it is to introverts that we owe many of the great contributions to society--from van Gogh’s sunflowers to the invention of the personal computer.

Carol Rifka Brunt From the Publisher: In this striking literary debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.

The Yellow Birds: a novel Kevin Powers

Life After Death Damien Echols At age eighteen he was wrongfully convicted of murder, along with Jason Baldwin and Jessie Miskelley, Jr. Echols received a death sentence and spent almost eighteen years on Death Row, until he, Baldwin, and Misskelley were released in 2011. The West Memphis Three have been the subject of Paradise Lost, a three-part documentary series produced by HBO, and West of Memphis, a documentary produced by Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Now Echols shares his story in full—from abuse by prison guards and wardens, to portraits of fellow inmates and deplorable living conditions, to the incredible reserves of patience, spirituality, and perseverance that kept him alive and sane while incarcerated for nearly two decades.

National Book Award Finalist "The war tried to kill us in the spring." So begins this powerful account of friendship and loss. In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have been dropped into a war neither is prepared for. With profound emotional insight, especially into the effects of a hidden war on mothers and families at home, The Yellow Birds is a groundbreaking novel that is destined to become a classic.

Waging Heavy Peace: a hippie dream Neil Young For the first time, legendary singer, songwriter, and guitarist Neil Young offers a kaleidoscopic view of his personal life and musical creativity. Astoundingly candid, witty, and as uncompromising and true as his music, Waging Heavy Peace is Neil Young's journey as only he can tell it.

The Future of Us Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler It's 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and an America Online CDROM. Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on--and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out. From Mrs. Schmitz - A fun and nostalgic read for anyone who remembers the 90s.

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Mrs. Schmitz’s Recommended Read:

The Fab Five by Mitch Album

By far the best book I have read in a very long time is John Green’s The Fault in our Stars. John Green is a terrific Young Adult author - but his books are enjoyable for adults too.

Michigan was in the Final Four this year, so why not revisit the last time they were there and the best college basketball team ever assembled - The Fab Five.

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten. Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The Harry Potter books

“A novel of life and death and the people caught in between, The Fault in Our Stars is John Green at his best. You laugh, you cry, and then you come back for more.” — Markus Zusak, bestselling and Printz Honor–winning author of The Book Thief

We have them all!

Life of Pi by Yann Martel Rave reviews from my AP Lit students! Check out the book before you watch the movie...

Wonder by R.J. Palacio A popular book for middle schoolers.

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