SSR: What are you reading?

buckheavyssrOne of the best things about SSR is that you get to choose your own book!  You can read something that you want to read.  Perhaps you want to read a novel.  It could be sci-fi, fantasy, horror, suspense, romance, historical fiction, young adult or one of dozens of different fiction genres. Or instead, maybe you want to read non-fiction to learn more about a subject that you are interested in. It could be sports, music, politics, cars, computers, fashion, animals, or something else entirely.  Perhaps you want to read a biography of a famous person, a reference book or a detailed “how-to.” The point is that you get to choose.

Come down to the School Library to see what we have that you might like to read for SSR.  Ask for help to find what interests you.  If you can’t find what you are looking for, let us know, and we can get it!

 

Why SSR?

bookthiefWhy SSR?  (Reason #8 of 3,487,659) Reading allows you to visit other times.  You can experience life in other eras, whether it is historical fiction that takes you to the past, or speculative fiction that imagines the future. You can go back to your own past of the the last few years, or you can go back deep into history.  You are physically stuck in this time and place but reading allows you to visit other times and places with your mind.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

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Why SSR?

writingWhy SSR?  (Reason #4 of 3,487,659) Reading for fun improves your writing.  The more you read, the more you see what good writing looks like (and bad writing too!) You can read about writing, but more importantly, whatever you read, non-fiction or fiction, you see examples of writing. You learn from the examples to make you a better writer. The more you read, the more you are exposed to a wide variety of writing genres, styles and methods.  The more you read, the more ideas you get for your own writing.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

Why SSR?

buckheavyssrWhy SSR?  (Reason #14 of 3,487,659) Reading for fun increases your concentration. There are so many things that distract us all day long, requiring divided attention for shallow thinking. Reading longer texts for sustained periods requires greater levels of concentration for deeper thinking. The more you read for fun, the more you will be able to concentrate on other things for longer periods of time.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.

Why SSR?

buckheavyssrWhy SSR?  (Reason #7 of 3,487,659) Reading for fun increases your vocabulary.  In fact, studies show that reading for fun (recreational reading or “free voluntary reading”) is much more effective in building vocabulary than common strategies such as studying vocabulary lists.

Of course, even better:  (Reason #1) Reading for fun is fun.