For one Language Arts (LA)/English as an Additional Language (EAL) period every two-week cycle, Middle School students are reading in the library’s silent room. The aim of the bi-weekly reading period is to promote independent reading among students, by giving students a chance to choose their own text, and read comfortably for an extended period of time.
Additionally, supporting more independent reading time enhances literacy skills and develops academic vocabulary. We have observed that more students are reading more during their free time, talking more about what they are reading, and insisting on having more time to read in class.
by Ashleigh Meyer, MS LA and EAL teacher