Sustained Silent Reading

Twain Middle School has a culture of reading!

Students at Twain Middle School know that reading for pleasure is important.  They understand that the more they read, the better they will become at reading. They spend their SSR time actively engaged in reading and practicing thinking and questioning strategies to understand what they are reading.  Twain students know that by participating in SSR, they will become better readers, better writers, learn more vocabulary, and perfect their spelling skills and grammar. 

Resources to support your student’s independent reading

Students will take the Lexile Reading Inventory in their English classes and receive their Lexile reading score.  This score is a scientific measure of text complexity and student understanding.  Students and parents should look for reading materials with a reading comprehension “sweet spot” of 100L below to 50L above their reported Lexile measure. Reading materials in this range will provide an ideal level of challenge while maintaining comprehension.

To find books on their reading level or the Lexile level of a book, use the website above.

Visit the FCPS library catalog to find books at your school or e-Books. Search by author, genre or title.

Visit the Middle School Reads website created by teachers and librarians in FCPS.  This website includes book talks, book trailers and videos to promote excellent teen literature.

Visit MyOn with your student to read and listen to books online.  Each student has their own account.  Type in Twain as the school name and have your student use their FCPS user ID and password to access thousands of titles.

Ask your student questions about what they are reading.  One of the best things you can do to encourage your student to read is to talk about books together.

 “How to foster a love of reading for pleasure” by Nora Krug

A printable version is available. This information is also available in Spanish.