I spent a lot of time trying to encourage my middle school students to read. As you might expect, I encountered some resistance from time to time. My school implemented a mandatory 20-minute reading block per day. Our team decided that the Language Arts teachers would implement the silent reading during their classes. The Language Arts classes were twice as long as the other core subject areas at this particular school. This made it easier to fit the time into the class. At first it was not easy, but it became one of the most loved portions of the day after the students and teachers developed a consistent routine.
Here are some of the ideas that we used to integrate silent reading time into our school day.
1. We gave the students options. There were a variety of books for the students to select from that included children’s books, audio books (with the text to follow along), graphic novels (comic books), young adult novels, and short stories.